Read This First!
McIntyre’s First Law:
Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you could be wrong.
Literal v. Figurative,
“His Head Literally…
“Figuratively” means that you are speaking metaphorically or symbolically. “Literally” means that you are speaking with precision and realism, that you are saying what exactly happened. “Literally” is not a generic intensifier. If you are talking about someone’s headache, “figuratively exploded” is the phrase you’re looking for — at least in comparison to “literally exploded.”
I blog here every Sunday, and irregularly otherwise as the spirit takes me. You can find some of my science fiction at the Book View Cafe website.
Coming in September: Superluminal.
My novel Dreamsnake is now available at Book View Cafe. You may read the serial form on the BVC website for free, or buy the complete ebook for $4.99. (Current formats: Mobipocket/Palm, html, PDF).
At Book View Cafe you can also find The Moon and the Sun, as well as the faux-encyclopedia article, “The Natural History and Extinction of the People of the Sea,” that inspired it.
Featured today on BVC’s front page: “A modest proposal for the perfection of nature,” first published in the science journal Nature.
For signed hardcovers of The Moon and the Sun and my other SF novels, visit my website’s Basement Full of Books.