Corr Syl a Finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

NM-AZ Awards Finalist 2013
Corr Syl the Warrior is a finalist in the New Mexico–Arizona 2013 Book Awards.  Places will be announced at the annual awards banquet on Friday, Nov. 15.  Wish us luck.

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Am I Benefiting from My Book Reviews?

Insights from My Book Reviews

Corr Syl the Warrior CoverIndie authors read a lot about the promotional value of reviews.  Here I wanted to comment on the feedback I have received.

First, it is worth noting that early book reviews sometimes influence later ones.  The influence appears in the similarity of the topics mentioned and even the phrases used.  Still, there is collective value in the insights the reviews provide.

It is also worth noting that Corr Syl is my first novel.  I have much to learn, and the value I derive from reviews will probably increase as my knowledge and experience increase.

Themes

Most of the 17 book reviews of Corr Syl has received mention the book’s conservation theme.  I had worked to keep the theme firmly in the background, and expected that Immediacy, the Tsaeb philosophy of consequences would receive more attention.  Immediacy indirectly explains humanities many flaws.  Didn’t happen, but I am relieved that none of the reviewers felt that the way I presented the conservation theme was so didactic that it interfered with their enjoyment of the story.

One of the book’s other themes is Corr Syl’s “coming of age” experience.  This is a steady influence throughout the novel, and it is one of the factors in determining the conclusion.  Nevertheless, only one reviewer picked it out as a principal element, and most don’t mention it.  It is a common story element, however, and is probably essential even if not remarkable.

Reviewers mentioned some of the other important elements of the story–the nature of perception and of intelligence, and Corr Syl’s plan for repairing human society–but they said little about them.  I am eager to see what other reviewers will say about these topics.

Genre

Some of the reviewers noted that the story is hard science fiction, but others called it fantasy or mixed the two types.  The difference, of course, is that all the propositions contained within a science fiction story must have explanations that meet the testability criterion.  If the events and features have no testable explanations, they aren’t science, and the story is fantasy or magic.  Stories often contain a mix of testable and untestable ideas, and are properly called “science fiction and fantasy.”  Unlike hard science fiction author, Robert Forward who commented that his story provided a basic lesson in physics, I did not try to explain the evolutionary processes that could produce my principal story elements.  But I tried to stay within the limits of what was actually possible.

Characters

Another interesting thing about these first 17 reviews, is that most of them mention that Corr Syl and the other characters are well-developed.  As I worked on the story, I learned that I am more of a plot than a character writer.  I always felt that the characters needed better back-stories and traits of their own, or as Kris Neri says better “hidden” stories.  Nancy Kress teaches that back-stories determine character traits and reactions.  The back-stories need to be clear in the writer’s mind.  If not, inconsistent behavior can occur and distract readers.  Since my characters are acceptable to some critics, I am further convinced that Roy Peter Clark must be right, writing can be learned.

Read the Latest Book Reviews of Corr Syl the Warrior

Readers’ Favorite sent Corr Syl the Warrior out for review in September.  The five reviews received include three 5-star and two 4-star reviews.  Click here to read Lit Amri’s review and the comments by Bill Howard and others

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The Tradeoff Between Science and Story

See on Scoop.itNature Conservation & Science Fiction: #EcoSciFi

In today’s comments we fretted over the definition of average, oohed and aahed over some DIY costume skills, and (with the help of Gravity’s science advisor) teased out the precise intersection of science and story-telling.

Garry Rogers‘ insight:

When the science is inaccurate the story is no longer science fiction.  It becomes fantasy.  That’s fine, but even fantasy has rules.  Departure from accuracy without new rules can get you bad reviews.

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Reviews of Corr Syl the Warrior

Reviews of Corr Syl the Warrior

Corr Syl the WarriorRecent reviews:

  • “A beautifully written YA novel that will captivate environmentalists and sci-fi fans of all ages.”  Kirkus reviews (starred review). 
  • “It is an outstanding book. It’s one of those books you get excited over; that have you turning to the next page and reading more, even if it’s two in the morning.” Amazon Review by MaryAnn.
  • “Unique and highly original.  It drew me in and was difficult to put down.”  Goodreads review by BozBozo. 
  • “I found it refreshing, extremely unique with funny, laugh-out-loud moments, too.  It’s targeted at YA, but anybody who enjoys hard fantasy will like this book.”  Louise Wise at http://louisewise.com. 
  • “This is undeniably a commendable story, one that sci-fi and fantasy fans will definitely love and talk about for a very long time.”  -Barnes and Noble Readers’ Favorite review at by Lit Amri.
  • “There is really nothing more you can ask of a story than is found here in Corr Syl the Warrior. The pace is brisk and keeps you engaged, the characters are so believable that Lactella gives me the creeps long after I’ve finished, and I’ll be glad to find what Corr and Rhya are up against in the promised sequel. ”  Amazon review by Paula H. 
  • “Three Words: Action, adventure, thrilling.  Age Recommendation: Whenever, it’s perfect for those looking for a thrill, no matter if your 9 or 99.”  Bianca Blossom, Cherrybooksomtree.wordpress.com.
  • “…a most unusual and interestingly told tale that elicits empathy for the characters as well as the conditions it describes.”  Amazon review by John H. Manhold.
  • “The truly hardcore, sci-fi fan will be delighted and entertained by the pace and deep thought involved in this novel. A must for the serious sci-fi reader.” –Barnes and Noble Readers’ Favorite review by Bill Howard.
  • “Part two was where the book really captured my interest with a very interesting and creative choice of villain.  I was hooked at this point and the story started to fall into place for me.  I started to notice a hint of humour in places and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.”  Amazon review by Chettsgeni.
  • “It has cool action scenes and a few interesting side plots to go along with it.  I really like how the writer makes an effort to explain the science and the way the Tsaeb work as a society in a way that makes logical sense.  I really enjoyed this book.” Claireamber.blogspot.com. 
  • “Engaging and entertaining, it has all the literary ingredients of a successful novel. Indeed, this is more than just a story about a young warrior’s adventure but is also a reminder of how humans are abusing the environment.  This is a concern that has been expressed in very many ways but this one is certainly one of the most imaginative. -Barnes and Noble Readers’ Favorite by Marie Beltran.
  • “For a first novel, I have to say this book is as well written as any I’ve read, and I read a lot.  I liked it.”  Unpublished Review sent to author by Truman Burgess.
  • “An original story, great concept, I want more!  Rogers has developed an alternative Earth, where we are the invasive species!  An original approach to force the reader to evaluate how interconnected we are with everything alive on this planet.  Excellent presentation of the politics of conflict and a thorough understanding how even amongst like species there can be political agendas.  The book should be titled ‘Corr Syl the Negotiator and Strategist, Scientist, and Warrior’.  I read it in one sitting – I like that, when a book grabs hold of me, makes me see things from another perspective, makes me think – and then makes me want more when I put it down.”  Amazon review by Kristine Uhlman.

Corr Syl is a Finalist in the AZ Authors Literary Contest

Corr Syl Finalist

Corr Syl the Warrior Cover

Corr Syl the Warrior is a finalist in the Arizona Authors Association 2013 Literary Contest.  Places will be announced at the annual awards banquet in November.  Wish me luck.

Welcome

Kirkus Best of 2013Corr Syl the Warrior#GarryRogersWelcome to my blog about nature conservation.  I call it #EcoSciFi because I use science fiction as well as non fiction to express the blog’s underlying nature conservation theme.  Check out my new novel to see how I’m doing. Continue reading

Mutant Powers of the 1950’s

More Than HumanMore Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mutant Powers of the 1950’s.

When my friend Joe and I read this in 7th Grade we were thoroughly impressed, and still mention scenes we recall.

Theodore Sturgeon’s characters and story development are excellent. His plots are slightly weaker, but still very good.

Rereading the book, I was struck by the nostalgia it stirred for 1930-40 mid western United States society. Seems a bit corny now that we have become so sophisticated.

This book is good reading for any boy or girl in the middle grades.

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CorrSyl the Warrior Giveaway on LibraryThing Ended

CorrSyl Winners on LibraryThing

#CorrSyl the Warrior CoverTwenty-one paperback copies of Corr Syl the Warrior ship to LibraryThing winners this week.  My thanks to all who participated.

Note to readers:

When you begin this book, you enter the world of the Tsaeb (pronounced with a silent ‘T’, long ‘a‘, and silent ‘e‘  ‘Sabe).  The Tsaeb civilization appeared on Earth more than 30 million years ago.  It is the latest stage in the social evolution of Earth’s intelligent creatures.  On the Earth of the Tsaeb, intelligence is a trait shared by all animals.  Many things that we humans might find strange are commonplace among the Tsaeb.  But in some things the Tsaeb are not strange at all.  They revere humor, appreciate beauty, friendship and truth, and they fall in love.

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#EcoSciFi and #EcoSyFy–Hashtags for Science Fiction with an Ecology Theme

#EcoSciFi and #EcoSyFy, Science Fiction Hashtags for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter

#GarryRogersAll of my recent writing reflects my concerns for wildlife, natural vegetation, and nature conservation.  My debut novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, the sequel, Corr Syl the Terrible, have nature conservation themes, and so do others in the pipeline.  Writers often express their concern for nature in their novels.  Ant Hill:  A Novel by Edward O. Wilson is a recent example.

Writers and reviewers sometimes refer to books with a nature conservation theme as Eco Fiction with or without a space or a hyphen.  The term seems perfectly appropriate for books like Ant Hill, and Edward Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang.  The term is also applied to speculative fiction such as Frank Herbert’s Dune and The Green Brain.  A lifelong fan of science fiction, I have always been fond of such stories.  To help distinguish them, I am introducing the hashtag #EcoSciFi.  I haven’t seen this hashtag anywhere yet, but it seems like a useful term, at least for readers who like science fiction and have interests in conservation.  Adding the #EcoSciFi tag will help identify Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter references to books and stories that fit within this sub-genre.  I prefer it to #EcoSyFy and #CliFi, but those are valid variations.

Thank you.
#GarryRogers