Conan

The Lost Virtue of Lean Prose

December 12, 2018 Bushi 19

As much as I talk about older scifi and fantasy, I like some contemporary fiction. I’m a fan of the Witcher stories. I like Harry Potter (is that contemporary anymore?). Hell, I was even on the Game of Thrones bandwagon back before HBO picked it up. But looking at a lot […]

Gandalf

The Cost of Magic

November 30, 2018 Bushi 21

I’ve been thinking lately about magic. In fiction, its treatment varies widely, but I feel like there are a few generalizations I can make. First, I don’t agree with Gita (or Orson Scott Card) that magic must have a price or else be rendered uninteresting. Of course magic should have limitations. […]

Swordsman

The Maid and Butler and Swordsman of Mars

November 21, 2018 Bushi 5

Sometimes characters explain things to one another that they should already know.  “My lord, your brilliant plan – to poison the ambassador’s wine and then blame it on the Lord-Baron Thumin, with the help of a few bribes and drunken guardsman, is proceeding without hitch.” This kind of dialogue-embedded info […]

Jack Vance, Andre Norton, and Plot Hooking

September 18, 2018 Bushi 0

Last week, back at the Bushi homeland, Gita wrote a piece about plotting, and Jordan of Anachronistic Robot posted an essay about short story structure. This got me thinking a little. You see, I’ve never given all that much thought to plot or story structure. I’m sure it’s important for […]