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HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION: Are Planets Islands Or Continents?

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Last week I ruminated pointlessly about good names for fictional planets and/or countries, as opposed to the lame ones we've all come across from time to time ("The United Federal People's Democratic Republic of Arcticstan," etc). That got me to thinking of another SF convention that's kinda' odd.

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Why Did Teela Brown Need To Get To The Ringworld?

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Ringworld ultimately declares that the purpose of the expedition - indeed, the whole novel - was simply to get Teela Brown from here to there. This begs the question “Why was it so all-fired important for Teela to get there?” Niven acknowledges this, but the reasons we’re given in the book aren’t entirely satisfying. Probably they’re correct, but as with so many other aspects of this novel, there’s probably quite a bit more going on below the page, which only appears if we think about it.

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Sexism in the Ringworld

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The Kzinti are arguably the most archetypical uber-sexists in the history of speculative fiction. They are fierce meat-eating predators, they all act like alpha males, the females of their species are non-sapient sex kittens, and their government is--by definition--an Old Boys’ Club that they have the temerity to openly call “The Patriarchy.” They’re just as bold as brass about it. When one takes people such as these, and drops them in a vaguely yonically-shaped place like the Ringworld, it’s just an automatic recipe for sexisim, isn’t it? 1

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Really Successful SF Authors Who's Work Has Inexplicably Never Made It To The Big Screen

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Last Week I ranted a bit about how Hollywood never makes intelligent SF movies. I totally understand their reticence to shoot for the top, and make intelectual SF films, but they could at least shoot for the middle now and again.

Today I'm gonna' give a list of authors who've got solid, smart work that would hold people's interest without going over the line in to bewildering people or intelectually overpowering them. None of this stuff is dumb, none of these authors are dumb, but at the same time it's stuff that would be accessible by the common person.

* LARRY NIVEN:

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SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEWS: “Scatterbrain” by Larry Niven (2003)

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Mister Niven is one of my favorite Science Fiction writers. He’s concocted my favorite fictional universe (“Known Space”) and he’s only written two books I’m aware of that are so bad they made me want to murder people (“World out of Time” and “The Griping Hand”). I forgive him for that.

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AWAY GAME: Republibot 3.0 Article Featured On Larry Niven Org

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The fine people over at the "Known Space: The Future Worlds of Larry Niven" website have been reposting our book reviews of Niven's work for some time now, and we've been posting some of their film reviews which don't really fit in to the scheme of their site for almost as long (You can see 'em here: http://www.republibot.com/category/tags/bad-movie )

Recently they asked us to generate a little original content that would be exclusive to their site, and since Niven is pretty much unabashedly my favorite living SF writer I was only too happy to oblige.

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