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15 December 2006 @ 06:01 pm
dear book author...  
Dear book author,

It does not make your book more creative to set it in the future and use madeup future words if nothing in your plot requires it being set in the future and in fact the character doesn't like the new technology and keeps using old technology, older even than cell phones. It also isn't creative to ellude to a modern event, replacing some of the nouns with "future" words so that it's horrifically transparent and you didn't even need to ellude to that event at all to achieve your literary goal. It is also distinctly uncreative to make your "future" words by using the prefixes of "holo-" or "hover-."
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
holocar? hoverpod? inquiring minds want to know! :)
--desert_born, posting from work
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on December 15th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ok, so holo and hover is an over simplification, but...

"holovid" "vidscreen" "plasgun" "omni-licence-to-carry" "a plug-in for the Net" "plascannon" "sleek cigar-shaped personal hovers" "palmlocks and bodyscans" "One of the worst had been the Choyne Tower fiasco, when a Putchkin transport had failed and crashed into the three towers."

Keep in mind this is on top of the plot relevent fantasy vocabulary.
In the end, I'll know, but on the way, I wondergorgo on December 15th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe the secret is to add holo- and hover- to words normal humans wouldn't think of adding them to?

"Captain, a fleet of Imperial hoversquids is approaching!"
This is a test of the Mugar Omnimax Theatre.dcltdw on December 15th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Are they trying to be creative, or just tell a yarn?

For instance, David Weber brutually rips off the progression of naval warfare and translates it into space. To me, that totally falls under "whatever", as that's not why I read his stuff.

But it's true that it does get stale after awhile. :)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on December 15th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I think I wouldn't mind as much if the author were actually world building. But there is nothing in the plot or the characters that shows them being in the future, just the occational made up word.