Lucky Chickens

Lucky Chickens

The Story Of … My Meeting with Roger —   Many years ago now, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a weekend with sf&f great Roger Zelazny. It was back in the early ’nineties, and the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO),...
The Why of Stories: Part IV

The Why of Stories: Part IV

 “And by the way, you know, when you’re telling these little stories? Here’s a good idea — have a point. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!” — Steve Martin as Neal Page to John Candy as Del Griffith,  Planes,...
The Why of Stories: Part IV

The Why of Stories: Part III

Last time we left off with the story of a seasoned naval officer, in command of several hundred million dollars worth of missile cruiser, and responsible for Lord knows how many lives, steaming straight into a powder-keg confrontation, and what does he do? He makes up...
The Why of Stories: Part IV

The Why of Stories: Part II

Stories about Stories — This first story harks back to the era of the Iran-Iraq war. As recounted by sociologist Gary Klein in his Decision Making in Complex Military Environments,[1] it goes like this: In an incident in which Iranian F-4s had taken off and were...
The Why of Stories: Part IV

The Why of Stories: Part I

Introduction — In recent years, fueled at least in part by the burgeoning growth of the self-publishing sector, how-to manuals for the aspiring author have become something of a cottage industry. Needless to say, these How-To-Write-The-Next-Bestseller bestsellers tend...