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Conlang influences (was: Lest Darkness Fall

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Sunday, November 21, 1999, 1:47
Jay Bowks <jjbowks@...> wrote:
> > Keep it going! Could we have more read ups on > our personal influences? > > I have to admit, that Star Wars and other SciFi > (like Star Trek, with Klingon and Vulcan, and > Dune) were great influences in my school days.
I've always loved to create fantasy settings and write stories within them (usually the settings themselves are much better than the stories!). My first influences were of hard sci-fi (Asimov, Clarke, and various Golden Age dinosaurs). I tried to imitate them, but couldn't help noticing that such radically different places and times needed different languages. I had no idea about linguistics or coherence, of course, but I wrote and drew maps with almost no common ('real') names in them -- they were all made up. Sometimes a sentence would come out too, and once (I still have a typewritten draft) a complete song in the language of a dark magic land called 'Treanda' (I think I'd turned to fantasy by that time because I'd taken up Bradbury and LeGuin). Then came Tolkien -- and then Internet at the university, and conlang -- and voila! --Pablo Flores