Storyworld Design: Transportation Technologies

The biggest SF trope there is — interstellar transportation — comes in many different forms, each with its own predicaments. The most common of all, are: Wormholes (Stargate) Warp Drives (Star Trek) Hyperdrives (Star Wars) Jump Drives (Battlestar Galactica) and Ark Ships The different principles behind these technologies inevitably presuppose different storyworld designs, as the worlds that would develop these technologies,Continue reading “Storyworld Design: Transportation Technologies”

Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies

Ever since homo sapiens turned sapiens2, telecommunication has become the greatest instrument of modern evolution. From the internal structure of companies, to the grand scale of global commercial empires and the ever-present, ever-growing world of social media platforms, near-instant communication across vast distances, between vast numbers of people, has become the epitome of our era. Everything inContinue reading “Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies”

Storyworld Design: Choosing the Time Period

Choosing the time period of a story is one of the most important things a writer has to do. It can be easily glossed over, because we tend to focus a lot more on the physical surroundings in which the story takes place. But those surroundings will look vastly different, and perhaps even serve different functions inContinue reading “Storyworld Design: Choosing the Time Period”

On Writing Craft Posts, Or Not

It’s been forever and a day since I sat down and wrote a blog post, eh? Whatta slacker. Well, not quite. I’ve been busy finishing my Ascendancy Trilogy and starting a new series (I’ll spill the beans about it soon). I’ve also done a giant overhaul of my career plan, writing process, brand, you name it.Continue reading “On Writing Craft Posts, Or Not”

Are perfect, micromanaged worlds utopian or dystopian?

A blog reader emailed me last week with a question, and I thought I’d reply best by writing a new blog post (so you guys can peek into the discussion as well). His question was: Does living in a perfect world indicate that you indeed live in a “Utopia?” Or is a society that’s “too perfect” inContinue reading “Are perfect, micromanaged worlds utopian or dystopian?”