The Big Idea: Mary Robinette Kowal – Whatever

Over at John Scalzi’s blog, I have a post in his series The Big Idea. This is where authors talk about some aspect of their work that is at the core of the story. Here’s a little bit of it as a teaser.

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

Jane Austen, Emma

When I pitched Without a Summer to my editor, I described it as, “Jane Austen’s Emma against the Luddite rebellion.”

When we talk about Luddites today, we think of people who are backwards and don’t like technology. What was actually going on with the Luddites was way more complicated than that. The Regency was a time of great social change. It’s when we see the rise of the middle class. It has the beginning of steam power and the start of the industrial revolution. The Luddites were a movement that began to protest the introduction of automated looms.

You can read the rest over a The Big Idea: Mary Robinette Kowal – Whatever.

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