PLOTTING SCI-FI AND FANTASY: Plotting is the engine that makes a story go. You can populate your story with the most interesting characters in the world, have a gorgeous prose style, and present the most intricate world-building imaginable, but if the story has a weak or absent plot, it’ll just sit there inert, failing to engage the reader. S. Andrew Swann will present the questions you’ll need to ask in a SF/F story—and in fiction in general—in order to rev up that idling plot engine.
A well-balanced blend of space opera elements, especially large-scale concepts; never a dull moment; interesting characters; Swann’s straightforward writing style; rich setting; carefully crafted plot; just about every chapter had some cool idea in it.
UPDATE: Seems to be an issue with the audio book, Audible seems to have not put the second half of it on-line yet. I’ll let you know when that’s fixed.
UPDATE #2: As of Feb 4, the book is still down at Audible. If you have the truncated version, they assure me you’ll be able to download the complete version once it goes back on-line. And, yes, I find it frustrating. . .
UPDATE #3: The audio is back up here. The old link appears defunct.
Today the last book of Apotheosis, Messiah, officially comes out. Not only have I added it to my book pages, but I’m elsewhere on the interwebs pontificating on my penchant for destroying the world. You also have the chance to win a copy of your very own.
In other Messiah news, the audio book comes out today as well, in case you want the singularity apocalypse fed directly into the ear canal.
I’ve been light blogging the past few weeks because, even though I’m done with Messiah, I’m not done with Messiah. Even though the draft is finished (so no one needs to worry about me pulling a Robert Jordon) I’m still in the midst of going through and polishing off the edges of the draft. I’ll also have one last pass after Sheila at DAW gives me her two cents. I’ve seen the cover art, and I think it rocks. All-in-all, I’m rather happy with it. Especially since, when I began it, I wasn’t thinking of it as the capstone to the whole Moreau/Confederacy universe. Now I know that it is, I’m very happy I put Nickolai in there. To a certain extent, he may be the most important character in the entire series of ten books, since he’s a personification of nearly every theme I’ve been using since Forests of the Night. (In fact, you can think of Nick’s conflict with Adam in Apotheosis as a reflection of Nohar’s much smaller-scale conflict with Adam’s precursors in Forests.)