August 5, 2021

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A whole new world and exactly the same one: prescient world-building in Only Forward

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Hello! Welcome to a new semi-regular series (we’re aiming to do one a month but who knows right?) in which we’ll be looking at world-building, the art of creating interesting settings, and talking to the people who do this stuff for a living.

Games have a rare power to take us to new places, but they share world-building with many other art forms and disciplines. Alongside video games, we’re also going to be investigating books and films and architecture and anything else that seems worth exploring.

Today Chris Donlan’s been re-reading the gloriously strange novel Only Forward, and talking to its author, Michael Marshall Smith. It’s a lovely book, and we’re going to try our best not to spoil any of it.

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