Deven Kane

Author, Speculative Fiction (Thriller/SF)

Where do writers come up with their ideas? What fuels their creative inspiration? We’ve all nodded with sympathetic understanding when someone reminds us: “10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration”, but that doesn’t really address the question about the 10%, does it? The answer could be as simple as: Think Weird. Or, to be more accurate, get used …

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In music, having ‘perfect pitch’ means your ear is so finely attuned to music that you can hear a single note, and name it without fail. It’s a great help when tuning a guitar, but when pop singers make a “style” of deliberately singing flat, it can be like fingernails on a blackboard. When it …

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Writing speculative fiction is not an exercise in chaos, nor is it the literary equivalent of “throwing spaghetti against the wall and keeping what sticks”. At the same time, the picture at left does feel strangely familiar. Especially when writing the first draft of a new novel. The “rules” for writing fiction are very much …

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I don’t remember how old I was when I chanced upon The Runaway Robot in my school library (twelve, perhaps?), but I believe it was the first science fiction book I’d ever read. I suspect my earliest interest in what is known as ‘speculative fiction’ was sparked by the original Lost In Space television series, …

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