World Creation

Tried to reblog this from my main blog. WordPress only allows one shot and I goofed, so hey! most of this doesn’t belong on my SF site but those of you interested in the Origins of the West might see something to argue with.

Anyhow: If you’ve read Guide, you’ll understand some of the significance of what follows, which also feeds the heroic fantasy machine rather well; if there’s victims, then there’s the perpetrators of atrocity who, over time become heroes….

1) Creating a Fictional World / Universe

For me, World Creation begins with the unknown. ‘Write what you know’ we are admonished. A bit of a problem for SF. Who knows aliens? the shape of the future? SF demands you suspend disbelief. Yet given the size of the market this isn’t a big ask.
You cross the border from our social construct of reality, to the author’s world. As you read, you collaborate, filling in missing details. Not every morsel is consumed at first reading so at a later point you examine that crossing anew. Continue reading “World Creation”



A lot of this post is relevant here, given this is the market that Guide sits in.

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Last month (March 2015) I passed a milestone* As a treat I decided to gee myself up by looking at what some people earn in the industry. This led me to Author Earnings. While looking around, I was reminded that a strident tone often hides uncertainty. The site looks at the Indie side of publishing and this post will primarily be of interest to publishers.

Traditional Publisher Outlook

The hollowing out of the profitable low-brow markets continues.It has become increasingly difficult for big name publishers to justify premiums on that product when e-distributors can offer equivalent product at vastly reduced prices.

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Influences – Backwoods SF

This post helps explain some of the thinking that went into Guide, but also, it tells you what I didn’t put in / chose not to say.

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Influences. We’ve all got them. Who looks at theirs? It’s not something I’ve spent a lot of time on but I suppose mine began with Space Westerns. Of course I didn’t call them that; not then. An aspect of Space Westerns that I’ve found interesting, I call Backwoods SF. I’m going to look at that and see where it leads.

What’s in a term

Backwoods: Not in the big city; wooded or partly cleared and far from a city; remote or culturally backward.
SF: Fiction with healthy doses of scientific speculation.
Big cities: where decisions are made and where the politicians who make them hang out. These are places where the rewards are compelling and what’s on offer is a cosmopolitan style of life, new technologies, new (and laxer) social mores. They are where it’s at. Yet cities are also at the sharp end. In a way they’re the kitchen…

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