We're not lost. We're locationally challenged.
I am...a mushroom On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.
If I were to write Web now, it would be a much, much darker book.
The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.
The ideal, it seems to me, is to show things happening and allow the reader to decide what they mean.
I'm very happy that the New York Times has spoken well of my stuff; who wouldn't be? But it's not a choice I made.
There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
Creating the fictional background for a game world isn't significantly different from creating a background for fiction.
Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
The people who don't like it tend to dislike it intensely. That's unfortunate, but not surprising when one deliberately goes against audience expectations.