Cyberland’s recent meltdown over an outrageous plot twist on everyone’s favorite high fantasy series got me thinking again about the speculative fiction class, in particular what they chose to write about. My worst nightmare had been that I might , in fact, walk into a room full of George R.R. Martin wannabees. Building a world the size of the multiple kingdoms in the Game of Thrones saga has defeated many an accomplished writer; with the young and inexperienced, the outcome would more than likely have been a… mess. A dog’s breakfast of half-baked and endless plot summaries interrupted every few pages by a not very well wrought battle scene.