Cole Alty

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5 Myths About Writing Science Fiction

So you want to write a science fiction novel. However, you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Perhaps you read science fiction like this …

An Entreaty to My Creative Writing 101 Students to Please Stop Writing What You Know

To my Creative Writing 101 students —I’m as aware as you are that on the first class of this semester I informed you all that the key to emotionally …

The Creativity of Sequels

<i>George Chrysostomou on creativity in sequels…</i><p>It has to be said, adaptations, sequels and soft reboots are dominating the box office year in and out …

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

The Second Act Belongs to the Villain

I learned this from Randall Wallace (<i>Braveheart</i>), who learned it from Steve Cannell, the maestro of a million plotlines from <i>The Rockford Files</i> to</i> …

Donald Trump Had A Superior Electoral College Strategy

How Hillary Clinton and the media missed the boat.<p><i>This is the sixth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election,</i> …

Government

The Supreme Court Just Took A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse

The Supreme Court of the United States may be poised to give the Republican Party a big gift — more seats in Arizona’s delegation to the U.S. House …

Can Auto Redistricting End Gerrymandering?

<i>Sign-up for the Urban Milwaukee daily email</i><p>Auto-Redistrict.<p>Can gerrymandering by biased humans be replaced by the objective commands of the computer?</b> …

Here's how voter fraud once tipped an election — and why that doesn't happen very often

From the outset, it was a spirited battle between two Cuban-born politicians with deep roots in the city. But the 1997 Miami mayoral race ended in shame, becoming one of the worst cases of voter fraud in the country.<p>At the time, Mayor Joe Carollo was seeking a second term and faced a challenge from …

Government

Supreme Court nominee threatens voter rights

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court foreshadows a renewal of the right-wing judicial activism stalled by the death of Justice Antonin …

Millions of Fraudulent Votes? Hard to See in the Vote Tallies

President Donald Trump’s assertion that three million to five million votes were illegally cast in 2016 — preventing him from winning the popular vote — has been widely discredited by researchers. Further casting doubts on the claim: The places that saw the biggest increases in voting totals in …

Voting Laws Roundup 2017

Amidst President Trump's claim that millions of noncitizens voted in 2016, and his promised major investigation on the subject, hundreds of voting …