The Noble Pen for Sept 12, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

September 12th, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Welcome to Ethan, who found the group.


Frederik Pohl died recently at age 93 after a 75-year career as a science fiction writer and editor.  He wrote numerous books and short stories by himself and in collaboration with other well-known authors.  He is also remembered for two laws, “No one is ever ready for anything” and “Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere will not hate it”.


Tyree read some pulp fiction and wonders how such bad writing gets an audience (e.g., protagonist never in danger).  He got good advice from Nick about European railroad terminology.

Barbara is reworking an old story.

Rachel made an outline for a story.

Dylan finished a 50k word story he had promised 5 years ago to write.

Tina finished her novel and has interviews set up to research a non-fiction piece.

Jed is writing a lot and has 21k words on a new story.


World building  (and here) is an important part of writing any story that is not set in the here and now.  How do you invent a possible future or an alternative world?  It should somehow make the reader think about his own.

Restructure the world we live in in some way.  You look at the world around you, and you take it apart into all its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens. ~Frederik Pohl

That’s really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have. ~Frederik Pohl

A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.  ~Frederik Pohl

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