The Ruin of Angels Author Max Gladstone Talks Bankruptcy and Necromancy at Google

Max Gladstone Talks at Google The Ruin of Angels Publishing

During a recent installment of Talks at Google, Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence is introduced as the kind of series “where we all really enjoy what we’re reading because we’ve never read it before, but it has all of the bits and pieces that we’re already familiar with, so we don’t sit there and go, ‘I am confused,’ and instead go, ‘What’s gonna happen next?’”

Some of those bits and pieces, as Gladstone explains in his subsequent talk about The Ruin of Angels, include applying his Dungeons & Dragons vocabulary to real-life structures: bankruptcies that work like necromancy, corporations that work like gods, the like. “We have a very long-standing vocabulary for dealing with enormous invisible forces that guard our destiny,” he says, “and it’s the vocabulary of magic and religion. So much of what changes the material conditions of our lives these days transpires in a world we can’t touch or feel but is ...