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How to do a 3D Star Map that’s Not Overwhelming

(For my alternative to 3D mapping, scroll down.) I’ve been revisiting Traveller RPG. One thing that’s not changed over the years is that the star charts are flat. Here’s an example (right). As a kid I hated this. I’d have

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Aliens and Snipers in the Belfry

(This is me thinking aloud, rather than offering cast-iron literary theory) I am a proponent of the Snipers in the Belfries Rule; if you want readers to notice your belfries, put snipers in them because nothing is real to the

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Edmond Hamilton, one of Space Opera’s fathers and almost certainly an influence on Douglas Adams

I must admit I started on Hamilton because he was married to Leigh Brackett, one of my all time heroes. My first thought on reading him was, “Oh good, he wasn’t bad at all. That must have been nice for her.”

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