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By Luke Burrage

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Luke Burrage reads a science fiction novel and reviews it when he's done. Then he reads another.

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Listen in as Luke Burrage misses the point of nearly every Sci-Fi book he reads. It becomes increasingly apparent as you listen to more and more of the episodes that Luke does not like to be challenged by his reading material and instead likes things to be as direct and 'standard' as possible.

For someone who claims to love Sci-Fi, Luke has no love for the masters of the genre who got it to where it is today and insists on viewing older works through the lens of current standards and values. Not only does this allow him to bag on alost every significant work of the last 100 years (often derided as being woefully inaccurate by the standards of current scientific knowledge instead of appropriate to the knowledge at the time), it also limits his scope of 'good' Sci-Fi to those authors who have produced works in the last ten years and have catered to the masses rather than challenging our perceptions and sensibilities by taking chances with their writing and trying to show us a new way of looking at things we accept as normal.

What a mess.

I just listened to two of his podcasts, and did not agree with one, and I think I agree with the other. I say THINK because his meandering unstructured "narrative" I find nearly intolerable. One word; OUTLINE. For the love of god, man, you took the time to read the book, take a few minutes to slap together a plan. You're all over the place. Instead of gabbing on in the beginning, have an opening. Intro the book. Give a summary. A general pronouncement. Follow this with perhaps a pros/cons list, or a formatted breakdown(critique the setting, then character dev., etc.). Relate possible suggestions for different authors one might enjoy. these things aren't constricting; they keep you from sounding like an idiot. Now I don't think you are an idiot. I just think you could do better.


This guy only wants simple fantasy stories where stupid farm boy finds a magic sword and leads his party into a castle to destroy the the evil wizard. If the story gets more complicated than that then he says there is no plot or direction. Millions of Gene Wolfe's and George R.R. Martin's readers are wrong and this guy is a genius!

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