Canon, Setting, and Transmedia

Canon, it’s been observed, is what people argue is true about stories that aren’t. Continuity, similarly, is what’s supposedly consistent in worlds that aren’t. Metaplot is what you call either one when you want to start a fight. I’m faintly offended by the idea of canon in roleplaying games. RPGs are by their nature varying Read More …

Space Magic

SFX has Terry Pratchett commenting on Doctor Who. Pratchett says he wishes he could hate the show, because it’s not science fiction and it discards Chekhov’s rifle. Unsurprising, really: the Doctor doesn’t much like guns. Pratchett elevates said rifle to a Law of Narrative, which I’m not sure it really is. For all his objection Read More …

How crime novelists don’t get women

(This post is not about my personal problems. At least, not anymore than normal.) What I write for work is basically crime fiction. If you look at the places I’ve been given free reign with the Vampire property, you’ll see that my influences are movies like Go, Brick, and The Godfather. At one point early Read More …