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Sorry it's taken me so long to start getting to these, I've just been really distracted lately. Also, I went ahead and deleted my tumblr last night.


[personal profile] bravolimapoppa3 asked The Three Worlds is one of my favorite fantasy settings - largely because it's got such mind blowing scenery (a graphic novel or coffee table book would be amazing). Are there any landscapes or scenes that you didn't get a chance to use?

I always wanted to do more with the shallow seas, like having someone travel across one by wading from sandbars to islands to weird floating platforms. I never got to really go anywhere alone or explore much when I was a kid, so I guess I've been fascinated by being able to go someplace interesting by just walking through it.


[personal profile] ecmwrites asked I am working on the 2nd draft of my own first novel. I have shifted the POV from 1st person to 3rd because of world building issues. I am finding it harder to write the characters in 3rd - less intimate and more exposition required.

Could you comment on your approach to this? I was engaged by both Moon and Murderbot but must admit to feeling closer to Murderbot. (LOL where but here would I get to write that sentence? )


When I was first working on my first novel (The Element of Fire) which was in third person, I felt like I was having a lot of trouble really getting into the characters, like it was much less intimate and distancing. But I really didn't like writing in first person, because I didn't feel I was getting the character voices right and I guess at the time it was too intimate for me. What I've evolved into is what's usually called "third person personal" where you stay very tight in the characters point of view, and color your third person prose so it sounds like that character's thoughts, even though it's not in first person.

Before Murderbot, I'd experimented a bit with first person but had only published one story in it, back in 1995. I'm not sure why I did Murderbot in first person -- I think it was just the whole structure of the stories needed that extra level of intimacy.

I think it just takes a lot of writing and experience to find a style that works for you.


[profile] playswithworm I'm fascinated by the idea of the Aeriat and Arbora being a blended species (reminds me of some of the research on human evolution and evidence that early human branched out into different species and then interbred again, more a braided stream than a branching tree) and was wondering if you have anything worked out on how that went down originally?

I haven't really come up with any story scenarios, but I do kind of imagine that the Arbora were native to the Reaches, and the Aeriat actually traveled there from somewhere else and encountered them.


[personal profile] mizstorge My husband used to be a security consultant, and he loves your Murberbot books. You got the details right, and he's very curious as to where you learned the business so well...?

Oh cool, I'm glad he thought so! I haven't worked in security, but I have worked in software development and computer support back in the 90s and early 2000s, and had to deal with security for computer systems online and also in physical spaces, and that probably helped a lot.

ETA:

[personal profile] spatz asked Feel free not to answer if spoilery, of course, but do you know how old Murderbot is? I imagine even it doesn't know with the memory wipe(s), but the way it talks about SecUnits being expensive and the equipment descriptions and stuff, it could be decades old? It's so cynical and jaded, of course, but I can't tell if that's 'I've seen too much shit over the years' old hand style, or young, hollow-eyed, jaded veteran style.

I haven't worked it out exactly, but I think it would have to be at least two to three decades old. The memory wipes really do confuse the issue. But I imagine SecUnits, especially ones that have built up a lot of client experience, as being really expensive and hard to replace so the company would go to a lot of effort to keep them operational. And the longer Murderbot had been part of the company system, the more chances it would have had to pick up the code that would eventually allow it to hack itself.

Date: 2018-12-24 06:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anne
Speaking of third person personal, I just finished a five-book three-day Raksura reread, and this time I noticed how Consolation's kethel went from "the kethel" to "their kethel" to "Kethel." I hope that flight has a long, happy, quiet life with all the stories they want.

Date: 2018-12-25 12:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sara
Also, I went ahead and deleted my tumblr last night.

I am selfishly happy about this because yours was one of about a half-dozen accounts over there that I lurked, and I'd rather you were doing your social writing here.

I am at a fairly Murderbot place in my career and I've been doing it for about twenty years. This week I had to explain to two new hires and an intern what New Coke is. I felt approximately as ancient as the trees we were standing next to at the time (I am not...the stand is about 70 years old. But still.)

Date: 2018-12-25 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizstorge
Thanks so much for the answers! Planning to start reading Rogue Protocol in the next day or so.

Date: 2018-12-25 05:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] everbright
A Mature Murder, if you will. Like fine wine. :D

Date: 2019-01-02 05:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spatz
!!! Just scrolling back through and spotted this ETA! That makes a lot of sense - picking up all that information on the sly *would* take time. And of course it's been over four years since it broke its governor module, based on its media watching :)

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