There are so many aspects to worldbuilding. Physicality, culture (theological or otherwise), magic, myth, economics, topography … the list goes on. But the key one for me is always language … And names. most of all.
At time of writing, it’s the start of October, officially one of the best months – it’s in autumn, which is an automatic head start – but November’s going to be even better. You see, the first week in November sees the release of Legacy of Steel, second book in the Legacy Trilogy.
–This is an unrolled, minimally-edited version of my occasional Twitter Threads. You can find others by searching the #TalkingTolkien hashtag over there, or by following me @thetowerofstars.– I’d like to talk about The Lord of the Rings – specifically something that rubbed me wrong about the transition between book & film. A topic I’ve not […]
In celebration of another year of negligible casualties in the field of unusual subterranean happenings (well, we’ve not lost anyone who’ll be missed) I’ve teamed up with Luke Agbaimoni & TubeMapper.com to offer a 2020 Calendar to one lucky UK-based follower of all things Coldharbour. Perfect for lovers of beautiful photography, the London Underground, trains, […]
The fires have settled a little concerning this week’s Doctor Who announcement, and my thoughts have coalesced. Do I agree with the decision? No, no I don’t. Does it make me angry? Well, sort of, but the reasons are complicated. To explain why, I’ll need to talk about the evolving nature of the show, and […]
Peter Capaldi recently announced that he’s handing in the keys to the TARDIS after the next season. It’s not really a surprise. He’s easily the strongest candidate to have taken ownership since Doctor Who was brought back from the dead, but he’s not been well-served by the material. This has, of course, been a feast […]
The BBC doesn’t have the best record for celebrating the men and women who made Doctor Who the programme it is today. Some of that comes down to the fact that the show’s never really been a ‘creator led’ property. Star Trek had Gene Roddenbery, a visionary powerhouse who dominated the show’s fortunes, for good […]
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing Well, not quite. At least, not yet. But come the 4th of January, a long-time greeter will vanish from the Natural History Museum’s entrance hall, never to return. I speak, of course, of ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus, resident of Kensington since 1905 and – as far as I know – […]