Article: Creating a Series Bible

Creating a Series Bible

Series Bible
Writing a series of books can become unwieldy quickly if you don’t have a method of organizing relevant information and continuity details. A series bible is simply a process of gathering this information in a simple, accessible form that you can update easily with each new story in the series. A series bible is invaluable to the series writer and a lot easier to create and maintain when used from the very first book.

Who needs a series bible?

Anyone who intends to write more than one story in the same universe can rely upon a series bible to keep track of the pertinent information such as timelines, subplots, and settings. But even the writer of a standalone story can use an abbreviated guide to keep track of easily forgotten details like the color of a character’s eyes. It’s easier to find specific details in a duly organized series bible than to trawl through each previous book each time you intend to write a new story in that world.

Starting a series bible

Starting a series bible is simple once you figure out the best layout for you. Many writers keep their bibles digital for easy maintenance, while others prefer hard copies. Using both options is best for safety reasons. Either is easy to lose, but using both provides a backup of sorts.

Beginning with the first story in the series or world, the writer must read the entire story and take notes. Vital information can include character appearance, timing, unfinished threads, locations, deaths, significant items, and the shifting of relationships. It’s up to the writer to decide what’s relevant to them for their particular world, but details from past books can be used in future stories to pepper the new material with connections and resonance.

To save time in future, using bullet points to create an easily read synopsis of each book in the series can be the refresher needed to start a sequel. In a character-driven series, it can help to give each character its specific file, divided by the book, to stay on top of the details.

Organization tips

It’s best to find an app or program that you are comfortable using that can organize the series bible appropriately, print out your necessary details, and then divide them into a binder by section. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Options for digital organization can vary from Word to Evernote to Scrivener. It depends on how in-depth you want to go when keeping track.

While the bible can be divided up into sections of your choosing, it’s a good idea to keep track of when a character appears or dies in a story, and their appearance and how it might change over time, for example, new scars, tattoos, or aging. Fantasy writers, in particular, might want to keep a section devoted to valuable relics or items. The series bible can be perfect for updating the lore, mythology, and cultures of the world. These methods can even be used to keep a plot thread running across multiple books without slowing down or getting stale. The key is to decide what kind of organization method will benefit your story.

In short, a series bible is a handy companion that makes writing a series in particular easier to manage. Researching the history of past books becomes quick and straightforward, and the bible can hold as much or as little information as you think you will need. It’s never too late to begin creating a series bible, and it could help you avoid the niggling continuity mistakes that push a reader back out of your world.

Some chapters of my Series Bible exists on this website under Tech Almanac so check it out

Article: What Actually is Cosplay

What Actually is Cosplay?

This is Paid Content: What exactly is this costumed play and when did it start? Costumed role playing, commonly known as cosplay, has been very popular in North America for decades with fans of science fiction, but it didn’t become part of the mainstream until the 1990s in North America.

Cosplay is when a person dresses up as a fictional character. These characters can be from any genre, but the most popular in the mainstream are from science fiction movies, TV shows and books. The characters from Japanese anime shows or manga books are also very popular, with strong fan followings worldwide.

The term cosplay was introduced in 1984 by the founder of Studio Hard during a report in the magazine My Anime following a science fiction convention, but cosplay is much older than the term. Many assume that because the term cosplay is from anime beginnings it is an Asian import. However, since the 15th century Europeans enjoyed dressing up for masquerade balls and other types of celebrations. Most of these events were for the very rich who could afford to have garments made for special occasions, but even commoners took part in special village parties.

During the 1800s European and North American costume parties became a popular past-time. Most of the costumes at these parties were generic with broad themes such as a “Night” or “Springtime”. Although the majority of the costumes were very general, some partakers would dress up as fictional characters as well, with Shakespearean characters being common.

In 1939 at the first World Science Fiction Convention, two fans, Forrest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas, wore futuristic costumes based on the pulp fiction art of Frank R. Paul. Ackerman later commented that he thought everyone should be wearing costumes are this type of event. His idea caught on and at the second Worldcon the next year, a masquerade contest was included in the programming. This simple beginning transformed future events of the genre.

One of today’s most popular conventions is the San Diego Comic-Con. The event has held a Masquerade Ball since 1974. Many of those who take part in cosplay (cosplayers) take their play to a higher level with role-playing their characters. Cosplayers tend to be gender fluid with their costumes. These players take on the mannerisms of their characters at events and for special photo sessions.

Many of those that take part in modern cosplay make their own costumes or buy their garments from specialty shops. The most devoted players often spend quite a bit of time and money to get every detail of their character just right with wigs and props. Many of those props are weapon replicas. At conventions there are very strict rules about what is allowed.

Cosplay takes place beyond the world of conventions. The 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a perfect example of cosplay going mainstream. Audiences show up to cinemas across the globe dressed as their favorite characters in the film. Many of the cinemas have live performances by audiences members taking place at the same time as the screenings.

Dressing up as a favorite character has become a popular activity for many people. Those who enjoy the practice of cosplay get to escape the real world for a time and revel in play with other people. With many more conventions like Comic-Con popping up around the world, there is no doubt that cosplay is here to stay.

Check out my Convention Photo Gallery Here

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleaning Device is the Free Market at work

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleaning Device Sets Sail This Summer

When I was ‘surfing’ the web I came across this interesting story, this young man is actually doing something to make a difference in the world.

From Viralnova

When Boyan Slat was 16 years old, he found himself coming across more plastic than fish while diving in Greece. It was then that he decided to dedicate a high school project to investigating ocean plastic pollution and how he could make a difference.

 

Cowboy Bebop is Getting an American Live Action TV Series

Cowboy Bebop is Getting an American Live Action TV Series

One of my favorite 90’s anime TV series is getting an American Live Action TV Series

You like bounty hunters? You like space? Take a seat, friend, because I’ve got some good news for you. A live action adaptation of Sunrise’s Cowboy Bebop anime is in the works. Prepare yourself.

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Five Criminally Underrated Science Fiction Films of the Last Decade

Underrated Science Fiction Films

Science Fiction Films

Science fiction is a tantalizing genre that pushes your imagination to the limit. The ability of great films and stories to hint at what the future may possibly hold immerses you in the world created within. Although science fiction began to rise in popularity during the mid-to-late 1960s due to the rise in fame of authors like Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, it took a few decades before science fiction on television and the big screen was accepted and widely watched.

Within the past decade film series like the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Hunger Games have brought amazing science fiction and fantasy ideas to the general public. Like any film genre, there are always classic movies that don’t perform so well at the box office or just don’t manage to attain the popularity and word of mouth that other films do. Here’s a curated list of 5 amazing recent science fiction movies that will tease you with possibilities and make you think about the future.

The Signal (2014)

This movie is an amazing sci-fi thriller that combines a suspenseful alien abduction story with superhuman powers and reality-bending occurrences that leave you on the edge of your seat for the entire film. The Signal follows three college students who encounter an alien as they attempt to find a mysterious hacker who has been taunting them. Post-encounter, the students find themselves in a strange government facility for observation. The story takes many twists and turns from this point, with an unexpected and mind-blowing ending. The special effects are astounding for the low budget, and the acting is superb. Though The Signal did not turn a profit in theaters, it was critically acclaimed at Sundance Film Festival.

Moon (2009)

From its first moments with the main character Sam Bell on a lonely lunar mining outpost on the far side of the moon, you’ll be instantly thrown into his cold and minimal world. Sam is almost finished with his 3-year stint working by himself on the mining outpost, where he oversees the automated mining of Helium-3 to ship down to Earth. But conversations with GERTY, Moon’s version of 2001’s HAL, seem to be hinting at something ominous — and Sam is getting sick. This film is stunning in both Sam Rockwell’s (the actor playing the part of Sam Bell) performance and in how the world is constructed.

Hard to Be a God (2013)

Aleksei German’s last film before his death, Hard to Be A God follows one of thirty scientists as they travel to a brutal version of Earth during the Dark Ages. The scientists’ goal is to push the alternate world toward a more technologically advanced society, although it proves extremely difficult due to the world’s suppression and disdain of a potential renaissance movement. Though the film is Russian, the main character’s journey through this reimagining of a new Earth is utterly fascinating.

Pandorum (2009)

The most criticized movie on this list, Pandorum is a science fiction-horror hybrid in the vein of Event Horizon. The movie follows the early awakening of two people on a generation ship sent from Earth with the aim of colonizing a new planet. Things take a turn for the horrific as the two find out they aren’t the only people awake on the ship. Though critics despised this movie, the grandiose concept of a horror film playing out on a giant spaceship that transports people to a totally new world has gained the film a cult following. The twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing on what’s going to happen next throughout the film.

Metropia (2009)

Probably the most unique film on this list is Metropia. It’s a dark science fiction film in which all of the scenes are created by stylizing and animating still photographs. The concepts of the film harken back to the silent 1927 science fiction film Metropolis, but does so using ideas and real-world problems we’re worried about today. A disturbing underground network created to keep the world from fully running out of oil and giant media conglomerates controlling the public’s collective mind are just some of the themes that this movie explores.

Finding a great science fiction film while wading through the many not-so-good movies can be difficult. When you find the one movie that inspires you and makes you think outside the box, it’s all worth it. Hopefully, this list helped you find some more interesting and eccentric sci-fi films that you may never have heard about prior to this list.

Author: Reilly Cooper

The Marvel Bunch

The Marvel Bunch: The Cast Of ‘The Avengers’ Made A Parody Version Of ‘The Brady Bunch’ Theme Song

Yes, this is kind of cringe worth but its also kind of funny too.

From Viralnova

Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, and Anthony Mackie all got together to sing their own version of “The Brady Bunch” theme song for Fallon’s audience, and it might even be catchier than the original.

“Here’s the story of a playboy genius who was gearing up to form some sort of crew,” Robert Downey Jr. started off singing before the cast dove into the theme song.

“So then one day all the heroes were assembled, to fight a villain who packed much more than a punch,” the cast sang along. “And this group was labeled the Avengers, that’s the way we all became the Marvel Bunch.”

 

View the history of science fiction

The History of Science Fiction is vast

Ever wonder how thorough a history of science fiction you could make?
Well, these people have done it in a massive image that they are selling as a print. Check out the link below.

Many of the books, TV shows, movies etc are a big influence on my web comics. Most notably my Space Opera epic Cybertech, and my light-hearted adventure The Cosmic Star

You can see some of your favorites on this graphic such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (Both Classic and Modern Versions) Also includes sub-genres such as Cyberpunk, Fantasy and Horror.

It all began from ‘Fear and Wonder’ Through Plato, the enlightenment and the invention of modern science and eventually to the modern era.

If your anything like me you’ll spend a few hours going through it from end to end finding out how your favorite science fiction stories evolved and where their roots lie.

You can find the full sized graphic on the website link below

history of Science Fiction

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Article: “History of Science Fiction” is a graphic chronology that maps the literary genre from its nascent roots in mythology and fantastic stories to the somewhat calcified post-Star Wars space opera epics of today. The movement of years is from left to right, tracing the figure of a tentacled beast, derived from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds Martians. Science Fiction is seen as the offspring of the collision of the Enlightenment (providing science) and Romanticism, which birthed gothic fiction, source of not only SciFi, but crime novels, horror, westerns, and fantasy (all of which can be seen exiting through wormholes to their own diagrams, elsewhere). Science fiction progressed through a number of distinct periods, which are charted, citing hundreds of the most important works and authors. Film and television are covered as well.