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Out of character: An interlude | Imaginary Atlas: Part 6

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We interrupt our regular column to bring you this brief interlude. When I talk with friends or other writers or whomever about my geeky world-building projects, the general response is a sort of half smile, a nod and something along the lines of, “That’s nice.” On the rare occasions I get actual feedback — when someone actually deigns to engage with my …

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Paint the sky with stars | Imaginary Atlas: Part 5

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. T.S. Eliot We have prepared our canvas. Time to paint. So far, I mostly just been sketching, broadly, an outline about the sort of fictional setting I want to create with this project. We know I want to use a closed universe concept. We know I want a culture that echoes the world of …

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The quanta of culture | Imaginary Atlas: Part 4

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When I was a kid, my dad gave me a pint jar filled with coins. Most of the coins were old, some dating back to the 1910s. The best coin in the bunch was a 1932 silver Mercury-head dime in pretty decent condition. Most of the coins, though were old and worn, some little more than smooth metal disks. I …

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Random notes

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I am chipping away at Reason to Be, hoping to find the novel that already existed in the big block of words. Copy editing is hard, especially when it’s your own work. For whatever reason, I’m following a traditional path with this novel — looking for a literary agent who’s willing to represent me and my work to the traditional …

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Dreamtime returns

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I’ve been thinking about the future lately. I mean that in a purely science-fictional sense (of course). The real initial event that really got me thinking about the future was a video a fellow did, which I saw on io9.com. The fellow goes to great lengths to outline how he would have made Phantom Menace, although he presented his video …

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It’s not easy to be me

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If I were writing Superman, the first thing I would try to remember is that, although he looks like us, he isn’t one of us. Superman is not human. He is an alien from a species that, for one reason or another, just happens to look enough like humanity for him to be able to pass. For decades, people have …

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It’s all about me | Imaginary Atlas: Part 3

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It’s all about me Since the dawn of history, and likely a lot further back than that, people have thought of our world as the center of the universe. In the Ptolemaic model, it was literally at the center, and all the other bodies in the heavens revolved around it. This model held sway in Western thought for the better …

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It’s supposed to be bought | Imaginary Atlas: Part 2

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Bartender: That green beer you’re peddlin’ just ain’t any good. Capone’s man: It ain’t supposed to be good! It’s supposed to be bought. The Untouchables, 1987 When I lose my mind and foolishly allow myself to participate in the endless Mac vs. Windows debate, one of my favorite ways of differentiating between the Mac OS and Windows for those who …