A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…
Some readers of the Lore have asked why I categorize these tales as both epic fantasy and science fiction. I understand the question, because the science part is more subtle and will be revealed only as the saga unfolds.
But I’ll give a few clues right now.
When I was dreaming up this new old world about seven years ago, one of my first thoughts was to conjure a place where “magical” things happened, but all of that magic could ultimately be explained by science… though not quite the science we’re used to.
It’s always bothered me that physics seems to trump biology in our modern theory of everything. But what if it weren’t so? What if there were beings who intertwined the two and experienced the universe differently as a result?
What if life were yin to gravity’s yang? Or evil and good as real as dark matter and light?
That’s the land I wanted to visit. A realm where the Lore is a science book…
Now, just for fun here’s a science pun, one of many throughout the Lore. This one’s from Episode 4:
Morio cast an impish eye at the hundred vine line hanging over his head. It wagged all along the hand-lit wall as if calling the schoolboy in him to come play.
“Let’s see about pulling some strings around here and letting in more of that light o’ day. I have a string theory, you know…”
[Photo: A strange but true union captured by my friend Michael Leacher in the wilds of Lexington, MA, USA]