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Friday, May 25, 2018

A Writer's Duty

“I think it's a short story writer's duty, as well as writing well about emotions and characters, to write the story.” – Eric Brown

Born in England on this date in 1960, Brown began writing in 1975, but didn’t officially break onto the scene until the 1982 with the publication of his children’s play, Noel's Ark.  His career took off in the late 1980s with a succession of short stories, led by "The Time-Lapsed Man," also the title of a best-selling collection of his stories.  In 1988, “Time-Lapsed Man” was selected by the Interzone magazine’s readers' poll as its most admired story.   

Brown also has been voted the Best New European SciFi Writer of the Year (in 1991) and has twice won the British Science Fiction Award for his short stories "Hunting the Slarque” and "Children of Winter.”  Since the early 1990s he has published two dozen novels, over a dozen novellas, numerous children’s books, and 10 story collections.  His newest book, just out this month, is Buying Time, a clever and hard-to-put-down time travel adventure.  As for advice to new writers, he says this about writing short stories:

“The market for short stories is hard to break into, but a magazine editor isn't always looking for big names with which to sell his magazine - they're more willing to try stories by newcomers, if those tales are good.”

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