The Antitheist’s Nightmare

A Wonderful Short Story For Your Amusement, Courtesy Of G. Scott Huggins…

G. Scott Huggins

For Sunday, another column I wrote for SciPhi Journal, with apologies to Bertrand Russell

The eminent antitheist and essayist Dr. Brussels dreamed that he died and found himself, against all expectation, at a pair of immense gates that shone like great pearls. He was shocked and rather apprehensive as he was met by a being that looked astonishingly human, like a king, with wings twice as long as he was tall.

“I see that I must be ill and hallucinating, or having an end-of-life experience,” he said. “For nothing else could explain the anthropomorphic delusion I am currently suffering.”

“You are not ill, but you are having an ‘end-of-life experience,’ said the being. “It is called Heaven.”

“Heaven could hardly exist,” Brussels replied, “And if it did, it certainly would not look at all like a mere Human conception.”

The being smiled. “Heaven can look as It pleases, though Its…

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Re-Publish It!

Had a Sci-Fi or Fantasy short story published this past year? So long as it was not self-published, you can submit it to the Best American SF&F Anthology for re-publishing.   I'm going to submit my tale, Salvation Inc. which was published by Lyonesse Press in the following fine collection: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?linkCode=kpd&ref_=k4w_oembed_iQhNl8NXusjpeG&asin=B0784LZ6BF&tag=kpembed-20&amazonDeviceType=A2CLFWBIMVSE9N&from=Bookcard&preview=inline      

The Narrative Must Not Be Questioned!

I guess we can consider yesterdays cross-the-country, anti-Second Amendment Student Walkout the second act of the Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting Tragicomedy. If you've lost track, the shooting would be the tragic part. The  darn guns are to blame narrative would be the comic part. But don't laugh too hard because Big Nanny is watching … Continue reading The Narrative Must Not Be Questioned!

Casablanca: What a Damn Near Perfect Movie Can Teach About Writing

Great writing advice from quite possibly the greatest movie ever made!

I say ‘quite possibly’ because I can never decide between Casablanca and It’s A Wonderful Life. Yes, I know they are both decades-old black and whites, but what do you expect from an old fart like me?

Amatopia

My wife and I watched the 1942 classic Casablancaa few nights ago. It had been over a dozen years since I had seen it, and it was the first time for my wife. All I have to say is that the movie is classic for a reason, and that it gets better with each viewing.

And what struck me were the lessons this movie provides about novel writing. Sure, it’s a different art than screenwriting, but several techniques translate very well across the mediums. Here are the ones that struck me.

I won’t give away the plot here, since this isn’t a movie review per se, and because I want you to watch it in a pristine, unspoiled state. But there may be mild spoilers, so don’t get mad at me if you keep reading!

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