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A scenario isn't a story that the gamemaster reads to the players, it's an outline for improvisational storytelling.
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A simple genre-fiction validation is the hero's winning the high-noon gunfight and being embraced by the schoolmarm while the bad guy is carried off to Boot Hill.
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At one point I intended to write precursor and sequel novels, about the establishment of the Web and its next evolution, but I am very unlikely to now; they would take place in a different universe.
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But my perception is of a great plurality of laughter out there, and that was the book's sole and exclusive intention.
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Contemporary speech is as loaded with reference and allusion as any other, possibly more so; the fact that the allusions are to tabloid headlines or what happened on Buffy last night doesn't change that.
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Creating the fictional background for a game world isn't significantly different from creating a background for fiction.
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I don't think anyone wants a reader to be completely lost - certainly not to the point of giving up - but there's something to be said for a book that isn't instantly disposable, that rewards a second reading.
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I want to come at it from the characters' angle, and trust the reader to decide what the moral implications are.
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I'm very happy that the New York Times has spoken well of my stuff; who wouldn't be? But it's not a choice I made.
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If all anthropologists were military personnel whose only contact with the groups they studied was in situations of armed conflict (even if not actual violence), the picture they provided of those cultures would probably be less than rounded and objective.
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If I were to write Web now, it would be a much, much darker book.
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In mystery stories in particular, the reader is often trying to guess Who Did It?, and wants an unequivocal answer.
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It does, however, require characters who can see that complete picture and explain it. I don't usually have those characters.
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Mary Renault's characters don't speak in hexameter; they speak in a demotic English that gives - or perhaps more correctly, does not break - the illusion that they are speaking the language of classical times.
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Naturally, the reader has access only to the events I show and the way I show them, but as has been said, there's generally a good deal of ambiguity in that presentation.
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Now, if Planet had been overwhelmingly unpopular - if only a handful of the readers had laughed - then I might call it a failure (I still wouldn't be sorry I'd done it).
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One reason is that societies don't generally have large signs explaining how they work for the benefit of visitors.
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People tell me they laughed hard enough to wake their spouses, that they've given away numerous copies to friends, and that it's the one Trek book they'll give to people they wouldn't expect to like others.
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Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
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The cynical part of the answer is that I expect to see a good deal more space opera, set far enough in the future as to be disconnected from contemporary issues.
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The epigraphs were really just an in-joke - an affectation, if you prefer - though the quotes were chosen to be relevant.
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The ideal, it seems to me, is to show things happening and allow the reader to decide what they mean.
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The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.
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The people who don't like it tend to dislike it intensely. That's unfortunate, but not surprising when one deliberately goes against audience expectations.
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The usual disclaimer: SF is not about the actual consequences of technological change, because we can only make informed guesses about that.
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There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
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There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves.
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There's a comment of Michael Moorcock's about protagonists who are defined, not by what they say to the reader, but by what they choose to say.
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We're not lost. We're locationally challenged.
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Well, it's an adventure story, and a Bildungsroman, of course, but there was also the intention to describe a culture that had been seen in rather narrow terms.
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