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HERMETIC MILLENNIA Excerpt: Just Because It Made Me Laugh

Posted March 11, 2013 By John C Wright

I realize it is wrong on many levels for a writer to be amused by his own words, but keep in mind I don’t consider myself to have invented Mickey the Witch of Williamsburg, but rather to have discovered him from the Muse who whispered him to me. This is a scene from HERMETIC MILLENNIA […]

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Nativity

Posted December 24, 2012 By John C Wright

Nativity By John C. Wright “Mr. Went, if you could visit anyone in the world, any time, any place, who would you go see? Oh, not for a long time. Long visits are never permitted. But just for a moment, just for an embrace, a long look, no longer?” His words were not in English, […]

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Silence of the Night

Posted October 31, 2012 By John C Wright

A short story as an All Hollow’s Eve offering. Feel free to click me a tip as a donation, dear reader, if think it in the spirit of the season. Silence of the Night I was overcome with awe, and fell to my face when I saw the Chronomancer walking slowly toward me along the […]

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Suicide in Metachronopolis

Posted October 27, 2012 By John C Wright

I should not have done it. I have a manuscript due on the editor’s desk in January. I took a week off to write a short story set in my background of Metachronopolis, the golden city beyond the end of time. My previous two Metachronopolis stories, CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN and MURDER IN METACHRONOPOLIS both […]

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The Sheathed Paw of the Lion

Posted April 6, 2012 By John C Wright

A short story for your mediation on this Good Friday. ———————————————– I realize another century is supposed to pass before you wake from cold sleep, but, since it is my turn to be alive, I thought I should quickly summarized the events of the late Twenty Fifth Century for you, and for Rogers, Graham, Davis, […]

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Corner of Saint and Peter

Posted April 5, 2012 By John C Wright

Just a moment ago I found in my coat pocket a crumpled bit of paper, the stationary of the Hilton Hotel. For a writing workshop at a science fiction convention, the participants were called upon to write a beginning of a story within a short, set period, I think less than twenty minutes. The tutor […]

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Note: this is a reprint of an article I wrote in January of 2011. I reprint it here as a companion to my previous article on how to get published. Here is the John C. Wright patented one-session lesson in the mechanics of how to write fiction. A word of explanation: I wrote the following […]

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Wright’s Ten Rules on Writing

Posted March 14, 2012 By John C Wright

Since becoming an author, from time to time interested fans (or else people willing to make me feel better by playing along with the idea that I am real writer by pretending to be fans) will ask me to pass on my writing tips. This is one question I find easy to answer, because my […]

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The Eve of All Saints’ Day

Posted October 31, 2011 By John C Wright

The Eve of All Saints’ Day By John C. Wright Naturally, I selected Halloween as the time for an experiment of such daring. Legend said that the boundaries between this world and other worlds beyond achieved their finest frailty on such a day, and it was my thought that separating the barriers between cosmos and […]

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Free Sample from the most recent draft of JUDGE OF AGES

Posted March 15, 2011 By John C Wright

This is to show you, my dear readers, who are also (really) my employers, that I am hard at work. From a scene I was working on yesterday: Soorm the Hormagaunt, from AD 6850, is talking with Menelaus Montrose, accidental posthuman, from AD 2401. Both have been thawed circa AD 10515 from long-term hibernation, along […]

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