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Write Like Pel Torro and Get Paid for It!

During our discussion of The Worst SF/F Book Ever, many of us (myself included) learned of the…unique…writing style of the Pel Torro, whose real name is Lionel Fanthorpe. We proceeded to have some fun reveling in some unintentionally humorous verbiage, all the while wondering why anyone would write like that. Now there’s a reason.

Emerald City brings word of The R. L Fanthorpe Write-Alike Contest to benefit the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund. The object is to create an original work or rewrite an existing work in the style of Fanthorpe. Winners get cash, with the bulk $10 entry fees going to the scholarship fund.

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6 Comments on Write Like Pel Torro and Get Paid for It!

  1. Jeff Patterson // April 15, 2006 at 9:03 am //

    It says the deadline is October 2005.

    And you guys are listed in the “Web” section of the new issue of Sci Fi Magazine, with Brandon Routh on the cover.

  2. It DOES say 2005. But who cares…We’re listed in SciFi Magazine! 😀

    They must like us for our timely articles, perfect spelling and all-around professionalism. Oh, and the supermodel content. Can’t forget the supermodel content.

    I haven’t seen an issue of SciFi Mag in over a year, is it still populated with ads for lightsaber replicas (as if there were real ones), Star Trek costumes and psychics?

  3. Jeff Patterson // April 15, 2006 at 10:07 am //

    Oh yes. Not to mention crystal dragon christmas tree ornamnents, two ads for the Stablazers box sets, the Galactica card game, and (my favorite) bank checks with creepy-eyed Anakin Skywalker on them.

    I got the issue for free from a friend at SciFi. There’s way too much movie and bad-TV stuff in it for me. Also Char Margolis (Psychic at Large) does a reading for Anthony Michael Hall (Dead ZOne).

    Just stupid.

    Interesting fact: I believe light saber peddlers and their ilk had to start using the term “movie prop replicas” in their ads. If I remember correctly, this happened when someone purchased a non-functioning Tricorder.

  4. Now listen here, I think you guys MUST read “The Eye of Argon” by some guy (honestly, I don’t remember his name) if you haven’t already. You can get it for free online now, just Google its name and you’ll probably get a hit, and it’s been proved to have not been intentionally bad and was once published (in the 70s, I think, in a magazine.) It’s hands down the worst written thing I’ve read yet: if you see mistakes or typos in the copy you read, it’s not from the person putting it up–it was literally published like that. In fact, I’m sure some sentences break off entirely and are never finished.

    Well, that settles it, I’m going to have to do a topic on this one sometime! (H)

  5. Jeff Patterson // April 16, 2006 at 4:18 pm //

    Only in a SF chatroom do we prompt our fellow nerds to read bad books.

  6. deep in the dark dark pit it was as dark as a pit as dark as an abyss so dark that i felt my vengence boil up in me like an antidote, revenge like an anesthisa that seeped into the pores of my nose

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