Essay Topic 1
The author attempts to blend two very different genres, science fiction and fantasy, in one novel. He clearly differentiates between the two, by creating a different world, or "frame", for each. Is this an effective writing technique? What decisions did the author have to make in order to do this? Do you agree with these decisions? Is there anything you would have done differently? What unique challenges does this technique pose for the writing process, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Stile's alternate self is the Blue Adept. What characteristics does he share with the Blue Adept? What are their differences? How do they each fulfill different roles in the novel? Should they be exactly alike, since they are alternates of the same person? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to...
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