I’ve been vaguely thinking about the future of the Greensky world for the past few days. I’ve been debating where to go with it; what I could put in that would shake everything up, turn the world around, make the characters actually live. I don’t want to go down some avenues, but they’ve been interesting to consider. I wondered about starting the world off onto a civil war (I’ve lost the post, but it was basically wondering what would happen if the engineers set themselves up somewhere the Mages couldn’t go, and how that would build paranoia)…and I’ve been recently considering what would happen if the magic could be used by machines.
At the moment, magic is purely a human province. There aren’t any machines that can sense it, or use it. I wondered if one of my children would be the one to create the machine to use it…and then wondered what that would do to the world. What place would the Mages then have? What status would electricity have? How well would the machines work?
I eventually rejected the idea as too complex, and taking the world in a direction that I don’t want to go into. It would add too many social divisions, and – let’s be honest – too many complications for me as a writer! I have enough trouble working out the social issues with my various societies without adding a potential disruptor into that as well.
Having said that, I do want a smaller revolt in the children’s story. The Mages will get a bit of a shake-up, and they won’t like it much…but it’s unlikely to affect much of the world outside their own society, which makes it easier for me. There’s also going to be fun in Ziricon, as their attitudes to slavery and society are going to be challenged, and the dominance of technology will shake up their ideas. I don’t know yet what exactly is going to happen; I’ve got to wait for the books to be written and the characters to come to life!