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Word of South Performer Gives Writer-ly Advice

Dexter Palmer
Posted at 8:00 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 05:28:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Writers, musicians, and artists will be coming to Tallahassee from across the country this weekend for Word of South. One science fiction writer hopes to contribute to the artistic presence of the festival.

Dexter Palmer is a twice published science fiction novelist, coming to Tallahassee from Princeton, New Jersey. His first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was published in 2010 and his second, Version Control, came out in February.

Palmer admits he was a little late to publish his first novel, "It took me 14 years to write (The Dream of Perpetual Motion)."

He was writing his dissertation while working on the book and says he had to re-write it twice before he was able to send it out to agents.

"It turns out that writing a novel is a bit easier when you have an outline in-advance instead of just making it up as you go along. Which I did with the very first draft," said Palmer.

Palmer will be reading from Version Control and one of his recently publish short stories at Word of South on Sunday.

Word of South kicks off on Friday and runs through the weekend. You can learn more about the festival and see the line-up by visiting

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