The Subtle Feed

I used to think there was a rule. Many science fiction short stories followed the rule, any remaining suck out. The template was simple, two or three paragraphs of introduction, introducing strangeness to the reader, a new environment, an action you couldn’t do on Earth. There followed another section, filling in backstory, an alternative history…

Forging a novel

Can you make a sword from an iron ore mine and a pickaxe?

Ultimately, yes, but digging ore isn’t enough.

I imagine you’d mine the ore with the pickaxe, turn ore into iron with a blast furnace, create steel with a basic oxygen furnace, and use a forge and other techniques to shape steel into…