A Disquisition on FanFiction

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#30days30authors What is fan fiction? When do we consider something to be fan fiction, and when is it part of a shared realm? Is there really such a thing as fiction that *isn’t* fan fiction? I explore and discuss the limits!

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Spotted on Reddit: Kodos, Kang in Tight Race in North Vancouver

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Diane Morrison

A little nerd humour for the BC election today.

North Vancouver has become the ultimate battleground for a pair of intergalactic candidates.

Reddit user hpka spotted these Simpsons-inspired campaign signs on the Mount Seymour Parkway.

Read the full article at the Vancouver Sun.

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The Weird West

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Diane Morrison

I didn’t realize when I started writing my Wyrd West Chronicles that there was actually a genre for this!  No new ideas under the sun, I guess; but then again, it seems that my take is just a little bit unique.  Less dark overall than the usual depiction; more high fantasy.

Speaking of which, I’ll be releasing the first story, “Showdown,” on the Spring Equinox!  That’s March 20 this year.  It’s in the final editing stages and I’m just waiting for the cover image.  When I have all that, you’ll be able to get it by pre-order.

There’s Space Western for The WestIn Space!, and there’s Cattle Punk for The West meets Steam Punk. The Weird West is for when The West meets the supernatural.

Read full article at TVTropes.

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Book Review: The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard

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Diane Morrison

The Drowned WorldThe Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read for the Apocalypse Now! Reading Challenge and the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge.

Method of the world’s destruction: fluctuations in solar radiation melt the polar ice caps, causing massive flooding in most of the world’s major cities, rising heat, and heavy rains that make the equatorial belt uninhabitable.

This was definitely not my favourite of the SF Masterworks collection. It’s my first acquaintance with the writing of J.G. Ballard, aside from his autobiographical Empire of the Sun, which made an enormous impression on me as a child when I saw the Spielberg movie. I never forgot the thousand-yard stare so accurately portrayed by the boy who played young J.G. after his ordeal as a British prisoner of war in WWII Japan. It was said in the introduction to the edition of this book that I read…

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