Writing Non-human Characters


Character exercise: In Cordwainer Smith’s “Game of Rat and Dragon,” “Captain Wow” is a lusty reprobate of the feline persuasion: deadly, raunchy, and fun.  Part of the success of this character is the shameless anthropomorphism with which Smith writes him, but the technology of “pinlighting” also gives his personality strange credence.  For this assignment of approx 500 words, do one of the following: 1) write one episode in a day in the life of Captain Wow or the Lady May; 2) alternatively, create another “partner” and do the same; or 3) choose a different, non-human character from this week’s readings and do the same.

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