‘Messy’ Time Travel is the Only Proper Kind

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Fiancée Caitlin brought to my attention an io9 article titled “Why Time Travel Stories Should Be Messy,” and I found author Charlie Jane Anders’s view of the subject pretty well in line with my own. In fact, it seems like she’s been having the same thoughts that co-writer best friend Nick and I had several years ago that caused us to write a book.

The premise of the article is that the best time travel stories are the ones that don’t wrap themselves up neatly as being closed-loop instances of time travel. That is to say, they’re not of the variety of stories such as Robert Heinlein’s “All You Zombies” or The Terminator; the best stories are not those in which the future is antecedent to the past and the actions of the protagonists are preordained.

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How We Made Our Book Trailer

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Back before the release of So You Created a Wormhole, we whipped together a video promoting it. The two-day shoot was fast and a lot of fun, and it was largely possible at all because of the help of friends.

The primary thrust of the video, we decided early on, was that we didn’t want to do anything typical with our trailer, and thus we decided to create something that existed within the fiction of the work. So You Created a Wormhole isn’t technically a work of fiction, but it does exist within a fictional framework — the narration assumes some degree of internal fiction, and so we subsist with a sort of narrative, even if it’s not readily apparent.

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The Stan Lee’s Comikaze After-Action Report

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Despite a great deal of scrambling that occurred in the morning hours of Sept. 16, our So You Created a Wormhole panel Sunday at Stan Lee’s Comikaze went swimmingly. It was great fun.

But the hours between 6 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. were moderately horrific.

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In the Brainholes: iPhone 5, Resident Evil, Comikaze

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It’s been a really busy week in terms of freelance and other obligations, along with preparations for various projects and this weekend’s panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2012. We’re excited. There’s a lot to do.

Meantime, this was a week of notable things. Apple finally unveiled its new iPhone and the fifth film in the Resident Evil series hits theaters today, about both of which I have a professional curiosity.

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