Here is my post over at Limebird Writers, on the tradition of ‘fix-up’ novels within science fiction.

Limebird Writers

No, the Limebird site hasn’t moved into real estate; today I am going to be talking about that venerable article the ’fix-up’ novel. The subject came up on Neeks’ recent post ‘Short Story Writing‘ in relation to “The Martian Chronicles” and I wanted to expand upon it here.

A fix-up novel is one where a series of short stories are linked together by some device – that could be a framing story, or sections of narration between the main stories. The term itself was first coined by A. E. van Vogt; in 1980 van Vogt was interviewed by Robert Weinberg and was asked about the series of events that led to his putting together a fix-up novel; to which van Vogt responded, “Let’s put it very simply: a novel would sell whereas the individual stories seldom did. Hence, the great thought came; and the fix-up novels began. It…

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About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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