14.18: Setting as Theme
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard
Theme is one of those high-falutin’ concepts we’re often reluctant to approach in a nuts-and-bolts sort of way. In this episode we’ll talk about how our themes can be communicated through elements of our settings, deepening reader engagement with the things we write.
We offer examples from our own work, and from things we’ve watched or read which have done this in ways that resonated well for us.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Rob Kimbro, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Pick a sensory thematic element, and make it recurring. Determine a reason for it to appear in each scene.
Thing of the week: Babylon 5, by J. Michael Stracynski.
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