This has DNA – what DNA is it?

Hot on the heels of Marie Philips’s anguished review of a rather wonky Doctor Who episode (I agree, it was awful), the twentieth anniversary edition of Concatenation is out, and includes my article The science in science fiction, in which I sound off on making the story central to any fiction (and, en passant, drop a major spoiler about my next novel, Flashback). Here’s a brief excpert:

I guess I’ve come to this conclusion through the editing process. I’ve learned that what makes a scene good isn’t the tech; it’s the meaning conjured by the characters, their struggles, the conflict, and the wider narrative. When working to improve a work of fiction, you can fiddle with the meaning (I’m using this word in a broad sense that encompasses ’emotion’, ‘affect’, ‘interest’ and so on) or you can fiddle with the technical stuff. At the end of the day, it’s the sharpening of meaning that improves the work by any real margin.

You can read the full article here. Thanks to Jonathan, the editor, for commissioning the piece.

Incidentally, I’ve taken the opportunity to upload a book trailer to the Flashback page. Mmm, moody.

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

2 thoughts on “This has DNA – what DNA is it?”

  1. I’m sorry, I disagree (about the Daleks in Manhattan thing). It wasn’t so much wooden or clunky as stylised and a touch camp, in the tradition of, say Carnival of Monsters and The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. Although why the Daleks have only now worked out that they’d be better off with legs…

  2. You could be right, Tim, though I think calling the production ‘stylised’ is a little generous. I remember the Greatest Show in the Galaxy and the Carnival of Monsters – though I was a kid for the first one and only read the novelisation of the second. Who has always been camp, put I’d put this under the umbrella of ‘shoddy’. Still, I’ll be tuning in tonight – who’d miss a Dalek in spats?

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