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Fan fiction site Wattpad will develop TV/movies based on user-generated content

Famously, E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey was born as fan fiction of the Twilight series, which turned into a best-selling series of books and a money-making series of films. And if fan fiction site Wattpad has its way, even more fanfic will be turned …

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Posted in HPE Insights Technology

9 great mechanical keyboards for coders

Developers and system administrators spend all day at the keyboard. It behooves them to use the best one possible.

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5 Business Lessons to Learn from Mario and Donkey Kong

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] As of July 9, it’s been 23 years since Mario and the bellicose King Kong clone appeared in gaming arcades…

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Posted in Intergalactic Medicine Show Science Fiction

When Your Book Becomes a Movie: Pitfalls, Rewards, and Volkswagen Beetles

Is having a book adapted a good experience for the author?

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Posted in Intergalactic Medicine Show Science Fiction

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The financial reality of writing science fiction and fantasy

Writing novels may not the best way to make a living. A look at the financial reality of authorship.

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Posted in Intergalactic Medicine Show Science Fiction

When Book Reviews Go Bad: Negative Reviews and How to Cope

Nobody likes a critic, particularly an author who is on the receiving end of a negative and very public judgment. While some authors can shrug off a poor review with ease, other authors feel as judged as the book itself.

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Posted in Intergalactic Medicine Show Science Fiction

Expanded Universes, Contracted Books: A Look at Media Tie-in Novels

I’m currently reading Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which is a comic book based on the two video games that are based on the extended universe of the science fantasy sextology. Although it captures the flavor of the Star Wars universe, it’s about as far removed from the original series as pasteurized processed cheese-food product is from cheese.

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Fan Fiction, Part One: Fan Fiction and Contradiction

I was fifteen years old when I invented the genre of fan fiction, a form of writing where the author takes characters or universes created by someone else and writes stories about them. That was the year I wrote my first short story involving me, Kirk, and Spock, which is also the year that I invented the genre’s worst cliché: the Mary Sue story, where the character exists as a thinly veiled avatar of the writer.

Fifteen was also the year I attended my first convention, where I learned that fan fiction had thrived for years before me.

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Posted in Intergalactic Medicine Show Science Fiction

It Came from the Slush Pile

How NOT to submit a manuscript to a publisher.

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