So some of you will have noticed the relative lack of discussion of things like comics and Doctor Who in recent weeks – it’s been all politics and links, partly because the election coming up has made things seem a little more urgent.
That’s going to change – I’m starting a second series of posts like my Hyperpost series. This is going to be called When Worlds Collide, and will cover the influences behind the gigantic novel I’m plotting out in my head. Over a series of a dozen or so posts, I want to talk about (amongst othes):
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Comics
The Faction Paradox books (including Dead Romance and Lawrence Miles’ Doctor Who books)
Frank Tipler’s frankly bonkers ideas and the somewhat saner ideas of Max Tegmark
The Doctor Who stories The Tenth Planet, Dalek Invasion Of Earth, Inferno, The Deadly Assassin and Trial Of A Timelord
Alan Moore’s Doctor Who and Captain Britain comics
Peter Milligan’s Animal Man run (if I can recover the .cbr files from my trashed hard drive – I’ve never been able to track this down in paper form…)
Basically, all these things share at least a few of the same handful of ideas, and I’m interested in why they should all keep getting mixed up together (even accounting for influence). Why do planets being moved out of position go so well with shadowy conspiracies? Why do stories about two conspiracies which are each secretly controlling the other tend to involve parallel universes? What happens when you try to tell the same story in two versions in parallel, as Morrison did with the Invisibles and JLA? Is there a difference between a computer simulation of the real world, a computer that knows everything about the real world, and the real world itself? Does evil really contain the seeds of its own destruction? Can one be a number *and* a free man?
These are going to be long posts – several thousand words each – and the first one will be up on Sunday, after tomorrow’s post about Mark Thomas’ People’s Manifesto. The first one will be a reply to plok’s latest challenge. Once these are done – once I’ve finished outlining these ideas, I will be doing two things. I’ll be starting the big novel, and I’ll also be creating a website for the universe it’s set in. That universe will be a collaborative one, and more people than myself will be writing on it.
This site has been a little dull for a while. That’s changing as of now.
(I also promise as of now to get *far* more involved in replying to comments…)