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AM/FM

AM/FM is an engineer's term distinguishing the inevitable clunky real-world faultiness of "Actual Machines" from the power-fantasy techno-dreams of "Fucking Magic." (Source: Turkey City Lexicon ) (e)

bait and switch (writing)

Bait and switch is when a writer encourages the reader to invest attention in a developing emotional or suspenseful situation ('bait'), only to substitute ('switch') a high-action payoff which has nothing to do with the previous development, or a POV cut so that the expected climax is unresolved but instead left to the reader's imagination. A bad habit because it leaves the reader feeling vaguely unfulfilled and unwilling to invest energy in future setups, because the reader doubts that paying attention will be rewarded. (CSFW: Alex Jablokov.) (e)

consensus reality

Useful term for the purported world in which the majority of modern sane people generally agree that they live -- as opposed to the worlds of, say, Forteans, semioticians or quantum physicists. (Source: Turkey City Lexicon ) (e)

intellectual sexiness

The intoxicating glamor of a novel scientific idea, as distinguished from any actual intellectual merit that it may someday prove to possess. (Source: Turkey City Lexicon ) (e)

kill your darlings

Kill your darlings (or murder your darlings) is advice to writers to not be afraid to be ruthless with the characters, or more generally, with any favorite aspect of their writing. As a critique, kill your darlings is similar to a powderpuff or pitty-pat critique with an exhortation to be more daring, to dare to be stupid and do the unexpected with your favored characters (or some other aspect of your prose). Attributed variously to: Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, G. K. Chesterton, William Faulkner, and George Orwell. --(Source: Fritz Freiheit) (e)

the ol' baloney factory

"Science Fiction" as a publishing and promotional entity in the world of commerce. (Source: Turkey City Lexicon ) (e)

parsimony of detail

Parsimony of detail is an attribute of writing where the author has been frugal or conservative in what they tell the reader, generally in a positive way, such that any detail given is significant to the story in some way. It is a more narrowly focused aspect of economy. Contrast with chrome. --(Source: Fritz Freiheit) (e)


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