Towards a Virtual Terroir: Architecture and Games


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Towards a Virtual Terroir: Architecture and Games – in Litro Magazine.

A discussion about the significance of architecture in games. In games, architecture is not just backdrop or mise en scene, but a very integral part of the storytelling of games.

Thank you so much to Jeremy P. Bushnell, James Field, and Dan Coxon for inviting me to write about such a very interesting issue!

(Image: Screenshot from Assassin’s Creed: Unity, by Ubisoft)

The Apex Book of World SF 3


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The Apex Book of World SF 3 is on the way!

My story Dancing on the Red Planet is included in this new anthology of international science fiction, edited by Lavie Tidhar, along side stories by Karin Tidbeck, Benjaung Sridunkaew, Amal El-Mohtar, and many others.

Many thanks to Lavie Tidhar for including the story and to Ian Sales for publishing the story for the first time in Rocket Science, an anthology of realistic sience fiction, and for nominating it for the British Science Fiction Award in 2012!

An essay on Une Ville Vide


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French writer Pierre Ménard has written a wonderful essay about Une Ville Vide, the French edition of The Empty City:

“J’ai lu le livre de Berit Ellingsen, traduit par François Bon édité par, d’une traite, j’étais chez moi, sans électricité et donc sans connexion, l’électricien travaillait sur le transformateur dans mon entrée, je savais que ce livre me plairait, par son titre évocateur, et les quelques extraits que j’avais lu sur Internet. Il m’a touché, et m’a laissérêveur…”

Check also out the beautiful photo of his empty city, Paris, at the bottom of the link.
Thank you so much, Pierre, for writing such a beautiful and personal essay about Une Ville Vide. Merci beaucoup!
(Image: The cover of the ebook and print version of Une Ville Vide, by PublieMonde.)

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – in Entropy Magazine


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“A little after I joined my first guild, I met Mary. In game, Mary was a blonde female human, but in real life he was an adult male living somewhere in Britain. We met while doing a group quest, or was it while waiting at a camp for more players to join the group- I don’t remember exactly.”

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary is a 100% true story from the virtual worlds, now out in the awesome new magazine Entropy, a wild and heady mix of the literary and the avant garde as well as the film, game, and comics-related.

Thank you so much to the editors for listening to my tale of autobiographical fiction and not mind my totally unreliable narrator.

Check out all the cool articles they have up already!

Something tells me I will contribute more to this magazine.

(Image: Barad Gúlaran, Nan Gurth, Angmar.)

Climate change is simple: We do something or we’re screwed [my TEDx video]

Berit Ellingsen:

A great article and talk about what climate change is, why it’s happening, and what the temperature changes will mean.
Via Grist and Dr. David Roberts.

Originally posted on Grist:

Back in April, The Evergreen State College invited me to speak at a TEDx event called “ Hello Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable .” Videos from the event are now online .

My talk was called “Climate change is simple.” I’m proud to say that I used only 17 of my allotted 15 minutes.

I’ve put an annotated version of my slideshow beneath the video, linking to sources and adding thoughts. The only thing I’ll say about the video itself is that I’ve always thought these things would be better with a soundtrack. If anybody out there on the web wants to make a mashup with it, add some good beats, be my guest.

[UPDATE: Hey, someone pumped up the talk with music and visuals, just like I hoped! Go check it out.]

Okay, let’s walk through the slideshow, one or two at a time.

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Review of Transactions of the Flesh


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A review of the JK Huysmans tribute anthology Transactions of the Flesh, with a favorable mention of Summer Dusk, Winter Moon:

“Other treats here include Berit Ellingsen’s northern mythic ‘Summer Dusk, Winter Moon…'”

More information about the anthology and how to order the beautiful hardcover edition here.

(Image: “Not Quite Full” by Marialena Carr, used by kind permission.)

Grains of Sand – first excerpt from Landscapes, Fragments


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Grains of Sand, an excerpt from my new novel tentatively called Landscapes, Fragments, has been published in Blue Fifth Review.

Thank you so much to editors (and writer and world traveler) Michelle Elvy and (writer and cineaste) Sam Rasnake for inviting me to submit to Blue Fifth Review’s Landscapes Issue.

This is the first excerpt from Landscapes, Fragments to be published.

Check also out the other beautiful fragments in this issue of Blue Fifth Review!

(Image: Source Unknown)

French review of Une Ville Vide


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“Étrange impression, difficile à communiquer, mais qui mérite en tout cas de se poser pour en découvrir tous les contours…”

The French book blogger Tulisquoi has reviewed Une Ville Vide (The French edition of The Empty City), and it’s an accurate and eloquent review.

Merci beaucoup! Thank you so much for reading Une Ville Vide and writing such a beautiful review!

(Image by Tulisquoi, used with permission.)

A review of Transactions of the Flesh


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“The package is beyond to-die-for, the stories will give you the experience of death without the finality.”

A fun and interesting review of Transactions of the Flesh, the anthology in tribute of JK Huysmans.

Here‘s more information and the TOC of the anthology.

(Image: The cover of Transactions of the Flesh, by Jonas Plöger.)


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