As I've mentioned a few times of late, I'm done with probably 95% of the development of the full Anathema saga. However, I've hit a bit of writer's block; I know where it's going to end, but I'm not quite sure how to bridge that last say 2% between where I am and the conclusion. I don't exactly want to bounce ideas around, since there are a few sizable plot twists throughout the story and I'd rather not ruin them for anyone (although one particular board member -who has a vested interest in my finishing soon- offered) but I am looking for a bit of inspiration.
To that end, I recently read/re-read a few books by my favorite authors (Isaac Asimov's Pebble in the Sky and Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea respectively), along with having watched the first four seasons of Babylon 5 a few months back. These got the creative juices flowing to an extent, but not quite in the way that I needed; Earthsea is of course fantasy, Pebble in the Sky is surprisingly two-dimensional for an Azimov (it was his first novel, after all), and B5 essentially laid the foundations for my hypothetical TC while steadfastly refusing to make me think of anything that was in the least related to Anathema aside from a few shout-outs.
So, since the EV devs community seems to be pretty savvy with its sci-fi, I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone had suggestions. I'm not necessarily looking for just science fiction however; anything good and illustrative and thought-provoking would fit the bill fine (I got more inspiration for Anathema from Watchmen than just about any piece of literature I've read). To give some ideas, a few that I've gotten a lot out of are:
The aforementioned Watchmen and Babylon 5, Starship Troopers (and if anybody asks "the book or the movie?" please remember that I'm talking about works that I felt inspired by ), Firefly, and The Mote in God's Eye. Also, although this is probably going to come completely out of left field for most of you, the works of Carl Jung.
Perhaps I should pick Dune up again; haven't read that one since I was 12 (oh my god it's been over a decade… I'm not used to thinking of my life in those terms!)
Finally, those of you who are interested in beta testing the complete saga, check out the beta post.
This post has been edited by Archon : 12 July 2009 - 06:11 PM