Today I’m going to finally do something other than explain politely why everything the angry men yelling about a space-wizards-with-laser-swords movie say is completely wrong. I’ll be outlining a setting from the ground up, building something sufficiently detailed that it can have stories told within the boundaries of it.
Today, I’m going to deal with something that I’ve seen talked about a bit, in which people complain about the behavior of the First Order in The Last Jedi, and why their behavior absolutely makes sense.
Spoilers follow after the break.
So 2018 is here, the day job has stopped being a holiday whirlwind of frustration, lost sleep, and anxiety, and it is time to lay out my intent for the year ahead for all y’all.
I’ll be talking about The Last Jedi and why I think it’s a fantastically told story, with each component fitting into the movie smoothly. Be warned – I’m going to assume you’ve seen the movie, so there will be spoilers ahead.
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Last time, I promised that I’d write about how I define various genre terms, and I intend to make good on that promise. In doing so, I’ll have to talk a bit about the murky beast named genre, so we’ll hit that up first.
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So, today was going to be me discussing how I define the differences between science fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and science-fantasy, with a side of space opera versus pulp versus realism. And then, unfortunately, Patreon decided to screw over every creator at once, so a chunk of my time has been spent investigating the options available to me.
This marks the first post to the new version of Renegade Octopus! Herein you’ll find my worldbuilding, explanations of what I’m doing with it, as well as why I’m doing it. Visitors here will get just this material, while my Patrons will get an additional article for every article here specific to projects I’m working on and a monthly piece of fiction.