Worldbuilding Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy writers

Worldbuilding Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy writers

Sign up for the Writing in the Dark workshop series this weekend on Worldbuilding for Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Whether you've been writing for years or want to try your hand at science fiction and fantasy you won't want to miss this two day workshop with award winning writer David Marusek.

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The Reports Of Our Deaths Have Been Greatly Exaggerated...

The Reports Of Our Deaths Have Been Greatly Exaggerated...

Dear Writers, Friends of Dead Writers, Readers of Dead (and living) Writers, Happy Halloween -- but only if you come out to the Dead Writers Annual Fundraiser this Friday at the Blue Loon.

Please Note... I will be one of the judges and I will take bribes in support of the Visiting Writers Series. As Mark Twain said, "the reports of our deaths have been greatly exaggerated."

Read More and Support the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Visiting Writers Series. You never know who will show up...

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Writing Science in Fiction, and in Fact with Nany Lord

Writing Science in Fiction, and in Fact with Nany Lord

With thanks to 49 Writers, we have a great opportunity to learn about using science in our writing.

"The gap between the public’s interest in science (large) and its understanding of it (smaller) has many causes, but writers can help by bringing science-based stories to life through effective storytelling. Come out to Nancy Lord's workshop today and learn with Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate."

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Celebrate Alaska Book Week with UPON THIS ROCK, by David Marusek

Celebrate Alaska Book Week with UPON THIS ROCK, by David Marusek

If you're in Fairbanks this week stop by the Bear Gallery on Friday and Celebrate Alaska Book Week! Bring a friend to the book signing by award-winning local author, David Marusek, for his newly released novel UPON THIS ROCK, an epic new science fiction series about faith, family, and alien invasion. Set in Alaska, of course.

Can't make the book signing? Pick up -- or order -- a copy at your local bookstore, get it on line or directly from the author, David Marusek.

UPON THIS ROCK takes us on a roller coaster of adventure in Alaska's wilderness. With a satirical look at culture clash, romance and alien encounters of a weird kind, it promises to be a great read--and delivers! Don't miss it.

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Searching for that perfect Alaskan recipe?

Searching for that perfect Alaskan recipe?

Are you looking for the perfect recipe to remind you of your trip to Alaska? Something truly authentic from the heart of Alaska? While the picture of fresh cut rhubarb from my daughter's garden and the salmon I caught in the Kasiloff River might whet your appetite, here's a link to a great article I read this morning from (of all places) The New York Times with a reminder that while Alaskans love their local foods, the sweets aisle in a rural grocery store might not be what you expected. "In Alaska's Far Flung Villages, Happiness is a Cake Mix."

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What do Fairbanks, Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki have in common?

What do Fairbanks, Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki have in common?

Columnist Dermot Cole wrote in today's Alaska Dispatch News that, "The students in Robin Shoaps' University of Alaska Fairbanks linguistics course last spring, "Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki: The Art and Science of Language Creation," did more than study languages imagined through works of fiction.

"They invented a language of their own called "Fosk," devising a vocabulary of 1,000 words. "Nix fadstälnaw r"idi chyai" means "Let's explore somewhere new."

"I don't know whether Fosk will ever be as popular as Klingon, Elvish or Dothraki — languages put forward in "Star Trek," the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and "Game of Thrones" — but that its creation took place in Fairbanks is more fitting than the Fosk speakers may realize."

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Wasps and bees; reality to fiction

Wasps and bees; reality to fiction

Here’s a photograph I took of a bee on a petunia in the garden this morning. The photograph’s ok for having been taken with my phone and lacking a better camera and lens, I wasn’t about to move in closer. We used to keep bees but not anymore. It was fun and fascinating, but we gave that hobby up a long time ago for the same reason that I don’t like to stand any closer to bees. Or wasps. Or yellow jackets. Or hornets. Or any member of the hymenoptera family. Because one day while I was walking through the woods on the way to my brother’s house, I put my hand down on a wasp and it killed me. I died.

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Curried Moose; a dinner with friends

Curried Moose; a dinner with friends

Here's the recipe for moose curry and it's not unlike most curries so pull out your favorite and substitute as you like. Moose is subtle, not gamey, and there's little fat. When friends make burger out of moose, they often add a second type of meat to help it stick together and add flavor. Moose is easy to work with; if it's older or got lost in the bottom of the freezer, let it simmer a bit longer on a low heat until it's tender.

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