A science fiction writer's blog.
Okay, I'll start. How many of Neal's fans are writing, or plan to write their own book?One out the reasons I follow him (amongst many others, obviously!) are the titbits of information he drops about his writing technique.
I'm writing and already have my first book coming out in May. But I doubt it will appeal to Asher fans. :)
What's your favorite NealAsher fight scene? (without spoilers)Mine is in The Skinner when Sniper is fighting the two Prador drones. It's amizingly well written and I love the tricks Sniper does.Neal, do you have a favorite one?
Not gone yet!jezcentral, plenty here I would imagine.Pippa, why, you like my stuff.Zoltan, Cormac and Skellor's encounter out in the wilds in Brass Man...
That is to say, Pippa, we generally style our writing along the lines of the stuff we enjoy reading.
Righto, I'm really gone now. Next time you hear from me I'll be writing from Crete.
I'm writing stuff (quite a few chapters on Neal's workshop)http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/page79.htmland I've got a couple of books published through small-preess/indieI like the fight scene in Brass Man too but every Asher novel has its own unique and excellent fight/space-battle scene :
A thread I'd like to start is:'Who wants to see how he handles fantasy and if the fantasy trilogy he's written is as page-turningly good as his SF?'Richard Morgan's move to fantasy has turned out well, come on Neal, your turn!
Well, my writing is very light on the tech side and also contains what my husband calls 'mushy girl stuff'. But I think your books have been responsible for a certain grimness creeping in lately and I'm reading up on more technology these days. :-)
I have five small projects on the go. It's Ashers fault and its eaten all my spare time.I hope to inflict them on the reading public at some point in the near future.Neal's tips have proved invaluable. Having bought a book on how to write a book some years ago, I just gave up the idea of putting my ideas down on paper after just a couple of chapters. The book I think bamboozled me and just knocked my confidence on its arse.This time I have written for myself and used Neals tips and observation of various authors work to see how the structure works, rather than trying to learn it parrot fashion fromn a book. I've also taken to watching meet the author on the Beeb and listening to Authors talk about how they work on Youtube, which has also been very informative.
Mr Crane and the Sleers.
I'm writing my second novel (the first is ready for a thorough edit) and I've had a Dr. Who short published by Big Finish (read by Louise Jameson who played Leela, no less)I wouldn't class my stuff as heavy/hard sci-fi... but the odd bit creeps in, now and then. :)
I meant to add... favourite fight scene. They're all cracking... but I relly dig the battle that Sniper, Orbus and Vrell have against the super Prador after they've crash-landed on the icy moon. Great fun!Actually Orbus is chock-full of excellent fights.
Neal, I guess that means you're "living the dream". Moreso, now you're back in Crete.
I liked the Technician's final battle.Something I'd like to know, Neal, although you may have been asked before. Have you ever been approached about turning one of your books into a film? Is there a particular film-maker you'd trust to do a fair rendition?
Favorite "fight" scene, if you can call it a fight, has to be Scold vs The Mechanism. (Tricky.)
best fight? Im sorry, but it has to be Vrell vs a prador dreadnaught full of tough spatterjay ridden prador :)
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