Quick Hits: Allegory and Writing

Allegory is as popular as ever. Unfortunately, I think it is overused. In the latest article I talk about two authors who successfully wrote allegorical works, and why I think it resonated so well. Nowadays, most allegory is low hanging fruit. It's all "Drumpf is just like Voldermort!!" or "Muslim refugees are just like the Orcs …

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Criticism Through Literature: Science Fiction and a Combat Veteran Writer

One of my favorite books is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It's an allegorical tale of his time in Vietnam, set in the "future" of 1996 (the book was published in the 1970's). A soldier goes on a journey through multiple planets, engagements and thousands of years to finally reach the conclusion of the war. …

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Dreams into Reality: The Underpinnings of Science Fiction

Science Fiction has been around for a bit. There's a few examples of some ancient stories, and one can argue (it's a reach, if you ask me) that ancient mythology pretty much filled the role for the ancients, what Science Fiction fills for us in the present day. The "science" behind speculative fiction and fantasy …

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