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Zero Draft Thirty

Zero Draft Thirty – Day 01

For all the aspiring novelists out there November brings NanoWriMo, an annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Hugely successful and all over the web at this time of year it doesn’t, however, whet the appetite of screenwriters and Scriptfrenzy, the short-lived sister project to NanoWriMo for scripts, has long since […]

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The Hero's Journey

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey from Iskander Krayenbosch on Vimeo. Iskander Krayenbosch has put together this great little animation explaining the Hero’s Journey in simple terms that anyone can watch and quickly understand.

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Writing the Science Fiction Film

Top 5 Tips for Writing Science Fiction

I thought I’d kick-start regular posts to this blog by digging a little deeper into some of the topics covered in my book, Writing The Science Fiction Film, as believe-it-or-not, people have been asking me to!

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Professor Akira Ishii

Could A Mathematical Model Predict Hit Movies?

A research group at the Tottori University Department of Engineering in Japan, led by Professor Akira Ishii has developed a mathematical model to predict how films become ‘hits’.

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The Doomsday Ark

According to the news piece, plans are being drawn up for a “Doomsday ark” to be built on the moon by the European Space Agency.

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Rent a White Guy

Rent a White Guy

If the original source story this is based on is true – and I’ve no reason to suppose it isn’t – then it’s great material for the basis of a number of stories and it could go pretty much any direction. Personally, I think it’s a sit-com.

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The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism

In 1900, a sponge diver named Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck of a Roman cargo ship located near to cape Glyfada in Potamakia, 60m undersea and 30m from the shore of the small island of Antikythera, near Crete, Greece.

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Somali Pirates

Russians To Offer Pirate-Hunting Cruises

According to this report luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate-hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.

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Girl Gangsters

Girl Gangsters Of 19th Century Manhattan

The criminal gangs of New York in the 1800s were predominantly made up of young men, but they also had female members, some of whom were notorious fighters.

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Zip Gun

Zip Gun

Inmates escape from a prison in Northern Germany using a home-made shotgun.


A Face In The Crowd

An oddly compelling image of human faces packaged supermarket-style like pre-packed meat.

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