Author - Diana

You’ll Love How This Book Explains the Internet

I came away after reading this book with an 'aha' feeling about the intenet. I learned about this book a while ago on NPR and it came to mind recently when I wanted to find a book about the internet. Or rather, the physical internet. This morning I went running and finished, Tubes: A Journey...

The Blade Runner Novel Has an Odd Title

The Blade Runner movie is based on a novel with the odd title, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This novel started the franchise with the original 1982 movie staring Harrison Ford, and more recently, Blade Runner 2049, produced in 2017 staring Ryan Gosling. The original novel is something of a distant cousin to both...

Easy Flash Fiction in Less Than 600 words

Here's a flash fiction example coming in at just under 600 words. I will typically come up with these premises based on some behavior I observe in real life. Real life inspiration, in other words. In this case, I thought about how unfortunate it is that people might want to be taken seriously despite who...

Big Five Science Fiction Tropes, Explained

Sure, there are probably more science fiction tropes, but here I've focused on five broad tropes and explained what each trope tries to explore in a sci-fi work. In each genre, there are conventions that readers expect to find. Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, General Fiction, non-fiction, and the rest each have norms that...

Yes, You Should Hurry Up and Read ‘Dune’

If you're an adult reader and fan of Game of Thrones or Star Wars wondering, 'Should I read, Dune?' I say, yes. Well, maybe not read Dune in the traditional sense. You should definitely "read" it in audiobook form. You should definitely consume it in some literary form before watching either of the film interpretations....

A Sampler of War Novels for Service Members

This is a short list of war novel picks for service members. They don't all feature Americans, or American service members for that matter. But a little empathy goes a long way, and sometimes we're not the best ones to tell our story. I'm switching gears from science fiction to read and review a war...

Mistakes I Made Before Writing my Novel

There are things I wish I knew before writing my novel, hence I made some mistakes. While there's a ton of advice out there this boils down to personal lessons learned. There's a lot to learn from other people's going around in circles so maybe, just maybe, you won't have to. It occurs to me...

‘Dune’ is Weird and Confusing, and That’s Okay

Arrakis. Dune. Desert Planet. Paul Atreides. Bene Gesserit. Gom Jabbar. Mentat. Maud’Dib. This list of strange words goes on. Dune is confusing and weird, but lots of world-building fun. If none of it means anything to you, don’t worry. It didn’t mean anything to me either when I first started reading Dune, Frank Herbert’s science...