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Mapping the atlas | Imaginary Atlas: Part 7

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So, what’s the point of an atlas — imaginary or otherwise — without maps? I’ve enjoyed making fantasy maps for a long time, and I’ve done a lot of them. However, it has been quite a while since I’ve made one, and I’ve been fiddling around with Imaginary Atlas for years trying to come up with something. I finally decided …

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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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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 …

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Making a pie from scratch | Imaginary Atlas: Part 1

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If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. Carl Sagan, Cosmos It’s something that everyone who has ever told a story has done, but something which even storytellers don’t necessarily do deliberately or even realize that they are doing. Whenever we tell a story — even if that story is essentially true …