Martin Stellinga Posts

May 27, 2016 / Reviews

Peter Grant

The Peter Grant novels are police procedural fantasy stories by Ben Aaronovitch. I bet you hadn’t expected ‘police procedural’ and ‘fantasy’ together when describing a novel.

Neither had I, but the novels are a lot of fun.

May 20, 2016 / Picking apart

Picking apart

Do you remember Peter Falk as the rumpled detective Columbo? I used to watch this show a lot as a kid.

It’s not your classic who-done-it, but a so-called inverted detective show that showed the murderer at the beginning of each episode.

Let’s pick it apart.

May 13, 2016 / Smells


Putting end-of-lines or newlines in the right place can be quite challenging. If you do it wrong, your story will suffer. Let’s have a look at this end of the line smell.

May 6, 2016 / Science fiction


What do Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have in common? They’re all afraid of the dangers of AI. Talking about the dangers of AI leads quickly to the technological singularity. And that leads to an explanation of what the singularity is.

April 29, 2016 / Smells

Sock Puppet

Writers should respect the personality of their characters.

Sometimes they don’t, especially if it’s a television show written by different writers, or a book series written over decades. In those cases, it feels as if you’re watching a sock puppet, with the hand of the writer clearly visible in their reactions.

This is a big no-no; writing should not smell of sock puppets.