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Time Travel Pitfalls Part 3: Forget all the rules if you’ve got character

The thing was, I loved the animated film of the Flashpoint Paradox which I have just been slagging off.  Despite my problems with the main plot, it was great to see very different versions of well-known characters in dystopian situations.  … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Writing Time Travel, Part 2

2) Don’t get bogged down in the rules The finest films to feature time travel avoid detail about how it works.  Take Terminator: when Kyle Reese is asked about the time machine, he snaps “I didn’t build the thing!” You … Continue reading

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The pitfalls of writing time travel (part one)

Time travel is a wondrous gift that keeps giving to science fiction.  It has become as important a staple as the intelligent machine or the spacecraft.  This is how it should be.  As Terry Pratchett said, if only one person … Continue reading

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A Rant about the Arrival film [Spoilers after intro paras]

Don’t let me spoil this film for you. It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens. Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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Fallout 4—Shaun’s thoughts

There a so many worthwhile, relevant and necessary things I should be doing, so instead I decided to write the thoughts of a character at the end of a computer game. As you might expect, this contains MASSIVE SPOILERS! My … Continue reading

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Before Christmas is over…

… I thought I’d post my Christmas story featuring Aint the Goblin; appearing in the next few minutes under “Stories.” For anyone wondering at the big gap in the blog, my father died in September, and I have just spent … Continue reading

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Dear Mr Dickens,

First off, for heaven’s sake find the “word count” function on your computer. Not only are your chapters of utterly uneven length, but also your sentences. They are far too convoluted and compound and they make our heads ache. Carry … Continue reading

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