I’m a graduate of the University of Chicago and a lapsed PhD candidate at NYU (where I studied racial bias in police shoot/don’t shoot decisions). I worked with Bungie Studios on much of the lore and backstory for Destiny.
You can reach me at email@example.com.
Looking forward to reading the traitor baru! If you end up making a facebook page for yourself/your works, let us know!
After reading the Books of Sorrow, I had a feeling you wrote it. Bravo, well done!
Your book is awesome, btw.
Books of Sorrow is one of the most amazing texts I’ve ever read in a game and could stand alone outside of the medium all together. Just brilliant. Congratulations on its creation and publishing. I wish you could hold a talk on it. The destiny community would trip over themselves to engage you. I wonder if you’ve ever inquired about that… They really could use a boost to the lore right about now…
The Book of Sorrows and your other Destiny lore work is among the best fiction I have ever read; you managed to reinterpret a generic hostile alien swarm into a full-fledged fictional civilization, with a compassionate treatment that stirs up major insight into how people fall to the temptation of their darker impulses.
Sometime after Shadowkeep’s Unveiling book concludes, will there be similar material for the Traveler or beings associated with it? Or perhaps the Ahamkara, or Mara Sov? I hope you are given lots of input into wherever the story/backstory leads.
PS: I am in the process of seeking out your other work as well! What pieces are you most happy with/proud of?
If you’re interested in the Awoken and Mara, the Marasenna lorebook might catch your interest. I got to collaborate with some very talented writers on that one (who have done other great writing about Riven and the other ahamkara.) Jon Goff’s Dredgen Yor saga is also a popular read. Thank you for your kind words!
Marasenna’s also fantastic. I sort of assumed it filled the “in-between” role in relation to the Book of Sorrows, but on reflection I guess Mara’s most likely firmly aligned with the Sky, rather than some incoherent idea of balance between good and evil. I really appreciated that recent letter from Eris Morn where she criticized the moral relativism that’s “fashionable” among those going for edginess.
Are you currently directly involved with writing the Unveiling book? Of course, I am not sure how much you are allowed to say about current or future work, so it’s no skin off my nose if you can’t confirm or deny.
I’m also curious as to what that creative process looks like. For the collaborative portions, are there meetings and writers’ rooms, draft exchanges, all of the above?
I did have the good fortune to write Unveiling, yeah. Unfortunately due to time and money constraints the creative process is usually pretty solitary. I get a brief, write the story, maybe get some feedback by email.
Are you still working with Bungie?
Heyyy, buddy. Scourge here. How have you been doing, plague notwithstanding? Just concerned about you is all.
Also, I’m finally reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and really enjoying it so far.
Hey Seth. Just read your The Final Order story from the From A Certain Point of View anthology. I really had a blast with it. Can I ask if the Alderaanian refugee convoy event Canonhaus is referring to is the one from the Star Wars: Squadrons game or something else?
I think it is, yes; when I pitched the idea of Canonhaus being involved in killing Alderaanian refugees I was told there was an upcoming project with a related event which we could refer to. I imagine that was Squadrons.
hey this is ennis, i just wanted to say how much i love tyrant???? i love the hallucination/tulpa stuff and baru realizing the limits of her conditioning and how she’s been conditioned and how there’s another, better way to achieve her goals!! I love the right-justified (or left? i’m dyslexic) text! i love the scene where she has meningitis and she’s hallucinating and she figures all the shit out!!! every time i read your work i feel like i am a gay who can do math, capable of both solving the trolley problem and writing a good book that i will actually be proud of! i know nothing about economics but i am delighted!!!
hope you’re not too bored, and that maybe you have managed to find some wild new quarantine hobby. have you read the locked tomb series? it’s about petty genius lesbians being terrible, so you might like it.
Amazing work on Book of Sorrows it is definitely the best lore in any video game. I hope you’re helping Bungie with Witch Queen I’d love to see more hive lore in Destiny 2 it’s kind of lacking it compared to Destiny 1.
Hi, Seth! I love your work and I want to send you a nice message. I was wondering, is the email listed here still your active one? (I know you’re not active on twitter, so I just wanted to make sure.)
Thank you very much! And yes, I still check that email address.
I just finished devouring your three Baru volumes and I am a fan.
Remarkable world-building and morality development.
Is there anywhere to read more about Incrasticism? I’d like to know more about it.
Also, are you a queer person? If not, I must say your understanding and writing about queer relationships is outstanding. Bravo. I would like to know more about the Princes’ choices/assignments of gender.
Finally, when is Book Four? I understand you deserve a serious break after Books 1-3.
Curious if there’s any lore books or CE material in The Witch Queen you were involved in writing, if you feel like / are at liberty to talk about it.
I miss your occasional pop ups at reddit, despite the lore page being a mixed bag, but hope you’re doing well!
Hey, thanks for asking! I think any convo about that should wait until they’ve announced whether or not there’s a CE. Have they done that one way or the other?
Yes! Sadly I missed the option to order it, already sold out. There’s a Hive Ghost model and such, but they still have the details on the Bungie store. I’m hoping to do what I did with Shadowkeep and find a no game code box of the books and other materials on eBay in several months. So worth it for the manual explaining the Anomaly cladding!
Someone just emailed me to tell my that scans have been posted so I guess I can say that, yeah, I wrote it.
Well, ok! I look forward to getting my hands on the book sometime in the future!
Thanks for replying!
Hey Seth! I wanted to ask if you lurk at all on twitter/tumblr and see fanart/memes for Baru?
The Masquerade series has really changed my standards for reading, so I wanted to thank you for that!
are there any ways or places where one would be able to read your stories :
The Immaculate Conception of Private Ritter
Cannot find any websites or publications where it would be possible
Thank you so much in advance for your reply
They’re not formally published anywhere, and they’re sort of my baby college stories. Not very good imo.
Hey Seth! First and foremost: THANK YOU for The Masquerade! Easily one of my eternally-loved series; which spurs the question…
Will we get a Baru book 4!? Just re-read the series and am now fiending for more, hehe.
Yes, but not soon (as in, not next year, not the year after). I want to do it right. Also I am trying to ship what was supposed to be the fun book between Baru projects (written between Baru 1 and 2, even) and it has turned into an unending nightmare.
Is Exordia the fun book or something else ?
Thank you for speaking to us at the International Pilot Club Convention in Rochester, NY. You did not mention you were a writer, but I am glad Mississippi has you in government! Keep up the good work, Mr. Dickinson! I will buy your books and tell our club to do the same!
Whoa, hold up! Sorry to disappoint, but I’m a different Seth Dickinson. There’s a few of us out there.
I’m a bit late to the previous posts, only just found your site. I just wanted say your contribution to destiny lore is very much appreciated. Books of Sorrow, The unveiling are in my opinion great works and both I read often. Books of sorrow being my favourite and gives a different depth and perspective to the hive and their beginnings.
I will look for your other works that are mentioned many times in pist above.
I’ve just eaten my way through the Baru Cormorant series, and I love the subnautica games /, so I admire a lot of your work.
Just wanted to say loved the use of tribadism (rip for a lack of invert) as period appropriate terminology! And trans rep in the book is fantastic too!
Wanted to ask – are you planning any author tours soon?