CLICK HERE for quick access to the materials for the 2016-17 Speculative Fiction Genre Study.
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Friday, November 4, 2016
ARRT Speculative Fiction Genre Study Tackles Character
The next meeting of the ARRT Speculative Fiction Genre Study is less than a month away.
I am so sad that I am going to miss it because I love all of the authors on this list. Why do I love them all, despite the fact that they span 3 genres? Because we are talking about speculative fiction authors who excel at character, and character is my number one entry point to any book.
You can click here to follow the entire genre study, see the assignments, and read the notes-- from anywhere in the world. The only thing that is only open to our members is attending the meetings and being part of the actual discussion [which is quite a huge benefit actually, as I will see when I have to miss this meeting]. I have also attached the “Character" assignment below.
And remember, we do not mind at all if your group uses our assignments and notes to run your own genre study, just please make sure you give us credit.
Doorway: Character Dec. 1, 2016 Glenview Public Library
Featured resource: Listen to a speculative fiction podcast (see some suggestions at bottom of page).
1) Read a book from two different authors from the list below (two books total). Preferably, both authors will be new to you.
Connie Willis Lois McMaster Bujold Orson Scott Card Naomi Novik Jim Butcher Kevin Hearne Brian Keene Ann Leckie
2) As you read, think about the genre/subgenre of the book, and write down three additional appeal factors for the book besides character.
3) Come ready to talk about other character-driven speculative fiction books you may enjoy and why.
Science Fiction Book Review Podcast Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Science Fiction and Politics Sword and Laser Speculate SF Signal SFF Audio This is Horror Drinking With Jason Three Guys with Beards Horror Show with Brian Keene
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