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Building a new world

World building. The most important part of science fiction and fantasy writing, to create a world that is incredible yet believable, strange yet familiar. This excellent article gives some insight into the art of world building that I hadn’t consciously considered up until now. As I discovered writing my last short story, building a world […]

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Something for the weekend: A Tuscan Fantasy

This is Civita de Bagnoregio. It’s an abandoned town in the ancient volcanic regions of Tuscany, populated these days by cats and tourists, but dating back to Etruscan times. While we were visiting, we witnessed one of the most terrifying thunderstorms I can remember; then, in desperation to get back to our car before dark, […]

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Rise of the machines

…actually, just one particular machine. The 3D printer has become a source of fascination to me in the past month. Like buses or boyfriends, they have come from nowhere and are suddenly everywhere. Useful for a somewhat limited number of applications right now, I’m pretty convinced that what we are seeing is just the beginnings […]

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Failing to succeed

I watched an interesting talk online this week, given by Seth Godin last year on ‘Art and Science and Making Things’. It was a thought-provoking discussion on the business of taking risks and failing in order to create new things. Forgive me if I am late to the party, but I have just discovered Seth, and […]

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What’s it all about?

I thought I should post something to explain what’s behind ‘Blog: Future Renaissance’, before I get much further on, as much for my own peace of mind than anything else. Future Renaissance is a term I thought would already exist, but turns out I made up, to reference how the Arts might be represented and […]

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Paintings on the Walls

Did you ever wonder why there are no paintings hanging on the walls of the Starship Enterprise? Or stop to ponder if there was a theatre on Tatooine? Is the dystopian horror of The Capitol what we have to look forward to, a city where fashion, celebrity and beauty are considered ‘Art’? As we move through […]

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