BoingBoing posted a link to stencils of famous science fiction authors. Ho-hum.

More interesting to me was the website’s pointer to The Laws of Science Fiction Writing. To summarize:

  1. No Nazis.
  2. Aliens should be ALIEN.
  3. Good Science Fiction is Good Science.
  4. Given Something an Alien Name Doesn’t Make it Alien.
  5. Never kill off your main character.
  6. It takes two to tangle.
  7. A story should contain descriptions involving all 5 senses.
  8. No Unicorns!
  9. No Star Trek or Star Wars References
  10. No Dreams
  11. No Supermen

Rule #1 means no stories about time-travelling Nazi Zombies. Damn.

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