• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Fallon Friday: Implausable Trinity Syndrome

It’s scary how many writers submit works that involve worlds (countries/alien hives/etc) consisting of millions of citizens ruled by a king, his trusty scribe and a competent general (who often wears black, and comes in two versions – with or without a conscience – depending on whether or not you need him to betray the king at a later date).

I have dubbed this the Implausible Trinity Syndrome.

To test if your world suffers from Implausible Trinity Syndrome, see if you can answer these questions about your world…

How is it governed?

  • Chiefdom (ruled by, well, a chief)
  • Kingdom (most of the countries on Amyrantha)
  • Republic (usually has elected Head of State)
  • Dictator (Julius Caesar’s title was Dictator for Life, but there’s plenty of others)
  • Democracy (Start in ancient Greece and work your way forward if you want an example)
  • Religious (Second Sons, The Vatican)
  • Communism (eg, South Pacific island villagers, Israeli kibbutz, USSR)
  • Military (eg Captain Sheridan on Babylon 5 was the military governor. Deep
  • Space Nine is another example of military rule.)
  • Genetic Hegemony (eg Sonny Whitelaw’s Stargate SG-1: The Chosen)

Who actually does the work?

  • Who makes the laws?
  • Who enforces them?
  • How do your laws differ to those of another country/planet?
  • What happens at the borders?
  • How is the bureaucracy structured?
  • Who controls transport?
  • Who controls industry? Guilds?
  • Who provides public works (eg, do Trolls control bridges)?
  • Public health (epidemics)?
  • Private medical care (doctors, dentists)?
  • What’s the education system? Who are entitled?
  • Who controls land use?
  • Who owns land?

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea. So take a look at your world.
Check if it you’re suffering from the Implausible Trinity Syndrome and fix it.

Jennifer Fallon is the author of 12 published fantasy novel, with number 13 set to come out this Christmas. Visit her website for more information at www.jenniferfallon.com

One Response

  1. A lot of helpful questions to keep in mind.
    I look forward to discovering some not-so-implausible ruling groups in new specfic tales I’m sure to buy during Conflux5. 🙂

    Tim/Farnwyn in Purple Zone

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