Author Archive | Peter Pollak

Genre versus Literary Fiction: The Debate Goes On

In a blog post entitled “Me and Science Fiction: Genre Fiction,” (posted on 9/16/13 on Strange Horizons website), Eleanor Arnason takes issue with Arthur Krystal’s October 2012 piece in the New Yorker magazine entitled “It’s Genre: Not That There’s Anything Wrong With It“. Arthur Krystal’s central point is that what separates literary from genre fiction […]

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How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I […]

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The Game of Life and How It’s Played: A Review of Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding

Jonathan Franzen is quoted on the dust jacket of Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding as saying “First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom.” High praise from other writers can be found on the book’s Amazon page. I had to give the book five stars even though I would have liked […]

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