Virga and Firefly: a mashup
James Graves has been thinking about my Virga books, and the TV series Firefly. He's got a fabulous post over on his blog about how you could make everything in Firefly make perfect sense--in scientific and logical terms--if Whedon had just set the series in Virga to start with. He even recasts the episodes in the new setting, and judges individually which ones it would improve. Ha!
In some ways this doesn't surprise me at all. After all, I deliberately created Virga as a scientifically possible setting for classic space opera storytelling. That's what Virga is is for. So, I'm not that startled that Firefly could be recast in this setting: you could in fact redo many many classic stories and series within a Virga-like setting. For those of us who still wish there could be a space-opera-like future, well, this is the place where it can happen. That's why I designed it.
James has done a lot of work on this particular mashup, and deserves our applause for it. He's certainly got mine--and he's got me thinking about how I might be able to write a few new short stories that riff on this stuff.