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A Case of Murder

By Robert Marcus

One of the first things to learn as a writer is when to kill off your characters, and who to kill off. Now I don’t mean actually killing them in the story; no, one of the first things that happens when write your first novel is that you’re too detailed, introduce too many characters, and make the story too complicated and too long, sidetracking along paths that lead nowhere, though you may feel they are fascinating. So you must learn to eliminate characters that do not add to the primary direction of the story. Or sometimes just simplify them; describe ...

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Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

By Robert Marcus

Like many other fans, I eagerly awaited the release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, and I enjoyed it for what it is, a battle between good and evil (and of course a search for Luke Skywalker, to help the good guys win the battle).  But it was only number two on my December “Movie/TV” list.  Many years ago, and I don’t remember the first time, I read Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End, and it became one of my favorite books, so when I saw last year that the Sci-Fi Channel had bought the rights to ...

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