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  • Who is your favorite author?

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  • Was Mark Twain a racist?

    Best answer: Huckleberry Finn is the story of a white boy who was RAISED TO BELIEVE that it is a sin to help a runaway slave escape. This character written by Mark Twain was a product of his time. He had been taught that there was nothing wrong with owning slaves, and he believed that. However, when Huck runs away from his drunk and abusive father, he encounters runaway slave Jim. Huck knows that he ought to turn Jim in to law enforcement, but he doesn't want to do so. So he procrastinates. He tells himself that Jim can be useful to him, which happens to be true, but is not his real reason for not turning Jim in. As time goes by, Huck feels guilty for not turning Jim in, but at the same time, he just does not want to do it. Huck does not know why he feels this way, but he cannot bring himself to turn Jim in. He struggles with his conscience, whichis telling him to obey the law, not to help Jim escape. At the end, Huck decides, "Fine, then, I'll just go to hell." and he lets Jim escape for good. In doing so Huck goes from being a boy who only believes what society tells him and he becomes a man who thinks and decides things for himself.

    Do you believe a racist man could write that story? Or do you think the man who looks at a racist society and understands the people better than they understand themselves is who would write that story? I do not believe Twain could have written what he did if he was racist.
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  • Sherlock Holmes books?

    Are they good ? If so where do I begin to read ?
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  • What is your favorite 90s novel?

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  • How to destroy the world and everyone in it?

    Best answer: It would be ridiculous to think that any human being, or even all of humanity collectively, could somehow manage to successfully destroy the world, if by "the world", you are in fact referring to the planet upon which we live, the galaxy and universe to which it belongs, or to a fictional planet, galaxy or universe that exists within the reality of the story you plan to tell.

    For even if humanity itself were to disappear from this Earth, the Earth itself would remain for quite some time. To completely expunge all life from this planet would not erase the planet itself, and although semantically the world would not technically be "destroyed", if we weren't around anymore, it wouldn't make much difference if there was nothing alive here to be able to appreciate it anyway.

    Even unleashing the most powerful and dangerous technology that we have at our disposal could not guarantee the obliteration and erasure of life on this planet. Even with tens of thousands of atomic, nuclear, hydrogen and neutron bombs detonating in a short span of time, there's little proof that such a calamity would be enough to extirpate each and every species alive today.

    That being said, alien civilisations - especially those capable of traversing the incalculable distances between worlds across the vastness of space, would obviously be privy to technologies which we could not even begin to conceive or comprehend. Scientists don't even classify Humanity as a "Type 1" civilisation. The inhabitants of this planet have only been piloting heavier than air craft for a little over a century and we've only managed to break the pull of Earth's gravity to send objects into space for less than 70 years.

    Alien civilisations which are able to harness all of the energy in their star system would possess a level of technology that we simply could not envision, much less fathom. It would be akin to attempting to explain the intricacies of a nuclear reactor to a Horseshoe Crab to think that we could wrap our heads around what beings like that might be capable of doing.

    However, if your goal is to devise a way for a group of people (or whatever else you might like to call them), to kill every living thing on this planet or another, or at least the intelligent life forms, you would have to focus on targeting the most basic necessities and conditions that need to be met for survival.

    Having read many, many, many books and stories that deal with such things, I can tell you that Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" paints the most convincing, realistic, believable and frightening scenario that I've come across thus far. Without access to sustenance, people die. If there's no food and no water, there's no life. Likewise, if it's too hot or too cold, people cannot survive. If a disease, virus, germ or some other agent were to be released - one which human beings were unable to fight off, that would be the end of us. Lastly, we are the dominant species on this planet. If that were to change, either because we were to foolishly modify an existing species or to create a new one, or if an alien race were to arrive here with the goal of exterminating us, that would be the end.

    Nearly all works of fiction that deal with the obliteration and erasure of mankind follow one of those methods.

    Of course, the most common is an act of God, some natural cataclysm that snuffs us out, but as you're asking about an intentional act, super-volcanoes and pole shifts and magnetic fields and gamma rays and the swelling or ebbing, the approach or the retreat of the sun, the impact of an asteroid, meteor or comet, all of those things happen by themselves. But there have been instances of alien species causing such things, notably the "Bugs" of Klendathu in Heinlein's book and the "Fithp" of "Footfall", both of whom were capable of harnessing asteroids to direct them on a determinate course to be used as a destructive weapon.
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  • Do you have an account on goodreads?

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  • Is Woodward going to provide all of the tapes he claims he has to back up the claims in his book or is he all talk?

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  • How much should I sell my Nancy drew books?

    I don't have too many, but I have a box of various kinds and versions
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  • How do I get in touch with publishers?

    Best answer: Through literary agents, usually. Don't expect a response if you use the improper word "wanna" in your correspondence with therm. FAIL.
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  • What should I do with my many Nancy Drew books (various kinds)?

    I mean I know I should sell them, but what prices are good?
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  • What is Person called that “Cannot or is not able to Read a Book.”???

    What’s that called when you don’t know how to read
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  • How do you find the plot of the story I'm planning to write?

    Best answer: I like it a lot - its relevant but still unique
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  • If I get published how much could I expect to make?

    Best answer: We had a published author come and talk to our writing group. He had three books sold to a mid-sized publisher. Standard print run of 5,000 books. His advance was $1,000 for his first book, with no extra royalties coming in yet (the book didn't sell much). And the second book was a $2,000 advance. He self published the fourth book himself through lulu.com which does print on demand and said he made more with that than the best he'd gotten from the publisher.

    BUT his third book had sold as an option to a studio for possibly being made into a movie (it was a comedy) and he said that was a good $10,000 in his pocket for virtually doing nothing at all. The option holds for three years, after that he can sell another option if another studio wants to pick up the title for making into a movie.
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  • Is ragnarok a copyrighted word?

    Best answer: Individual words can't be copyrighted. They can sometimes be trademarked. A search on the US Patent and Trademark database at uspto.gov finds over 40 trademarks for "Ragnarok" on its own or in connection with other words (though some have lapsed).

    For instance, one of the trademarks is for "Ragnarok" in connection with "Recreational services in the nature of an annual outdoor martial arts event with a medieval fantasy theme." Another is for "Food supplements". A third is for a long list of various types of toys and games.

    None of those relate to the original meaning of the word, so if you're asking because you want to write a story about a battle between good and evil at the end of the world, go right ahead. Do bear in mind that it's strongly associated with Norse mythology, and nowadays even more strongly associated with Marvel comics and films. (I note that Marvel didn't register "Ragnarok" on its own as a trademark for the recent film "Thor: Ragnarok", but did register the whole title.)
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  • How should Rose die in my crossover fanfic Willy Wonka and the Unsinkable Ship?

    Best answer: Why would you want to kill Rose. Didn't she suffer enough?
    What if she, not the iceberg alone, made the Titanic sink? She had a chocolate craving. The compartment walls were made of Belgian chocolate. The iceberg punched a few holes into the ship's side just as she had munched a hole in the barrier between compartments. The sea came in. Rose drowned. The water went through the hole she made. The Titanic sank.
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  • How can I write a book?

    I want some help to write a fantasy novel, any tips?
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  • Does the internet make students better writers?

    Best answer: It gives people more ammunition but it doesn't help them shoot straight.

    Having access to information and being able to use it effectively are different things.
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  • Can you give me ideas for this flash fiction contest?

    It says "Write a short story (Which I thought was different than a flash fiction) in 1000 words or less in this creative writing contest. The instructions goes on and on about how it s evaluated, blah blah blah. No need to worry about that. But that is the rules.
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  • What is something you've learned from a self-help book that you are still currently applying?

    When I read reviews about self help books on Amazon, often there are many enthusiastic reviews. However, I wonder how many people have used or keep using the advice given.
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