Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

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    :) The God of Google......
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    Hahaha Heteromeles that is awesome. Giving me a lot of ideas for future material......
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    Wow, so I step back for a bit and the conversation has been going on for a while, I see :) I'm not a folklorist, so this comes with a big big helping of caveats, but for me myths are...
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    That's neat. I love people who break each other's fundamental principles (I do it in the book). It's *so* funny to handle (me? sadistic? Not at all :p)...
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    Thank you! And agree with you (though as said below and in my post I think both approaches are two poles of a continuum that starts with Wild Magic and ends with magic-as-science)....
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    I was having this conversation on twitter earlier... Much as I love ropleplaying games (which do need fairly "stress-tested" systems so that your players have a good idea what they want to do, and don't spend too much time arguing...
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    icehawk@40 and April_D@35: I love these. Can I hazard a guess that they work because the focus on the story isn't on the magic and there aren't many magicians around? (I've never read the Black Company :( ). If you...
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    guthrie@30: for me, "irrational and illogical" is a question of point of view? It's just something that doesn't make sense from the characters' point of view, but it probably makes a lot of sense from the magician's point of view...
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    John Ohno@18: thank you for the detailed explanation! Magic as engineering is great (but not quite what I wanted to go for in that book...). John@20: that sounds like a fabulous idea! Bookmarking for later....
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    Dick Bruere@15: thanks for the link! I, uh, come from a very different direction I guess? I want to write about the stuff of myth and fairytale with a thick enough veneer of realism that the reader suspends disbelief (which...
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    Gregory Muir@8-10: sort of agree? Magic can have rules (if you read the Sanderson books, it's pretty clear that doing the same thing in the same circumstances nets you the same results). The issue is that in narrative, you need...
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    CPickersgill @4: thank you! Michael @5: I really liked that in the subsequent books of the Farseer series (the detailed mechanics of dragon carving were just awesome. Best idea ever). I think magic and science are sort of related, or...
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    @heteromeles: I'm a qi gong practitioner (at level, er, very beginner) so I have some idea of what you're talking about (a lot of it is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine actually, which is... pretty close to a science in...
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    JamesPadraicR@4: aw thank you! Xuya stories will hopefully be collected at some point, but right now I'm focusing on House of Shattered Wings #2 (and project snakelet, which is a time drain in and of itself...)....
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    Princejvstin@1: funnily enough, I fall somewhere in the middle? I love Sanderson, but I'm incapable of writing that rigidly even if it's actual science... The Ile-Rien colliding magic systems are fabulous (I've only read Death of the Necromancer, but I...
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    Hey Michael@5: thank you so much, glad you've enjoyed it! The House of Shattered Wings has a lot of places, depends where you want to roam: Notre-Dame is the obvious one, followed by a walk around Ile de la Cité...
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    Hi everyone, this is Aliette de Bodard peeking in from Paris. Charlie's been kind enough to let me borrow a spot on his blog while he recovers from jet lag (we both went to Worldcon in Spokane, but I have...
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    Bellingham @1: *waves* Aw thank you! Very flattered that it worked for you. I have no idea how I pulled it off :) Andreas @2: arg, awfully sorry about that. The rights to O&B reverted to me end of June,...
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    OK trying to see how this works so I don't screw up....
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