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Atlanta Nights - The Worst Book Ever Written
An apallingly bad novel written by a bunch of writers. The purpose was to reveal that PublishAmerica isn't a genuine publishing house, but is a vanity press that will print any garbage as long as you give them money. It's almost as bad as The Eye of Argon. Argon wins because it was written by a bad writer who was trying to be good, instead of good writers who were trying to be bad.
(Via critters.org, an online workshop where you can submit your writings for others to critique.)

The Golden Age of Science Fiction
A short page that had the following interesting quote:
Isaac Asimov divided the history of modern science fiction, i.e., works written after 1926, into four types of stories:

* 1926-38--adventure dominant
* 1938-50--science dominant
* 1950-65--sociology dominant
* 1966-present--style dominant

Lionel Fanthorpe Appreciation Page
The florid prose of a guy who wrote 180 novels. Is bad or is it good?
Trinkle did not possess a legal mind. He was a mental grasshopper, an intellectual kangaroo, a mind wallaby.
Pain and discomfort seemed to mean nothing to them. Vengeance was their anaesthetic. Revenge was their analgesic.
He stood trembling like a bladder of lard...
It's entertaining for sure, and it seems like the author was having fun when he wrote it. Maybe it falls under the category of "so bad it's good."
(Via POE.)

Advice on Novel Writing by Crawford Kilian
Well-known guide that's been on the intarweb (Usenet) since 1992. A more recent guide can be found here.

Writing for the Web
Kilian's weblog.

Writing Fiction
Kilian's fiction writing weblog. Kilian's a multiblogger -- he currently has ten weblogs on different topics going on in parallel. Here's his post on the lessons of multiple blogging.


  • At 5/31/2005 7:26 PM, Blogger Crawford said…

    Thanks for your comment. 1992 was a long time ago! A more recent version of the advice for writers is available at http://www.capcollege.bc.ca/dept/cmns/fwp.html

    I also have a blog called "Writing Fiction" at http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/fiction/ , where I report on the progress of the current novel and offer other resources for writers.

  • At 6/10/2005 1:49 PM, Blogger Derek said…

    Thanks, I've updated the post to include the capcollege page.

  • At 6/10/2005 2:08 PM, Blogger Derek said…

    ... and your Writing Fiction weblog too.

  • At 5/12/2010 5:40 AM, Anonymous reaearch paper said…

    Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.


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