“Fantasy”: A Useless Label

I had an interesting discussion with a friend today, and I figured I'd share the basic point of it. Basically, I have a bugbear when people act like all the things we call "fantasy" are directly comparable. They are not. Saying that all things that use invented settings are similar is, at best, a useless … Continue reading “Fantasy”: A Useless Label

AI Art

A while back I saw a video of some Japanese animators trying to do a similar experiment, and both of these experiments have gotten me thinking. When AI can create characters that are human enough, when they can render scenes that are realistic enough, and they can stumble into interactions between these objects that are … Continue reading AI Art

Word Choice

When I was in middle school, I read a biography of J.R.R Tolkien. The biographer took a few pages to describe how fastidious Tolkien was when choosing the exact wording for his writing. This is probably the only detail from that biography that has stuck with me over the years. Compare: "Dwarf doors are invisible when closed." … Continue reading Word Choice