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Martha Wells

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Awake, sort of. Not really.

I am all over the place today:

* Angels of Retribution: Names and Naming A post by me on how I name characters, and a bit about names in the Raksura books.

* Eating Authors: Martha Wells This is a post about one of my favorite restaurants.


More Links:

* Kickstarter for a new Judith Tarr novel: Forgotten Suns A real old-fashioned space opera. Rip-roaring adventure. Abandoned planet; ancient mystery. Space pirates. Sentient starships.

* New SF by Linda Nagata: The Red: First Light Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive—because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him—but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear.

* What Makes a Fantasy Epic? by John R. Fultz
Epic Fantasy has even become its own genre, even though fans (and writers) often disagree just what constitutes an "epic fantasy."

* Black Gate: Caitlin R. Kiernan and Kiini Ibura Salaam, Joint Recipients of the 2012 Tiptree Award by Emily Mah
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender."

* Lady Business: Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs (2012) This project is about the visibility of women in science fiction and fantasy reviews and whether the gender of the reviewer impacts that visibility.

* Alex Bledsoe: Help Needed: Reward Offered I'm putting together the release trailer for Wisp of a Thing, completely different from the pre-release trailer you can see here. It’ll have all-new music, and all-new video. And it's basically done. Except for one thing.

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Great post on names!

Before I even think about a character's other features, I make sure I have their names down first. This is something I've found to be especially important, as a reader might not remember every little detail about your character, but the most prominent thing everyone can connect with is a name. The character's name is the gateway that allows the reader to recall all of the other characteristics of that particular character.

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