Here’s a bit of Friday reading for you. Black Library author Aaron Dembski-Bowden writes on BCSreview about what makes 40k so compelling as a literary setting.
Omnipresent decay is an insidious concept that makes my skin crawl, and 40k has it in spades. It’s what Gormenghast would look like if Titus Groan had an empire. It’s got the stagnation versus freedom aspect that ran through Peake’s work, and it’s got the taint of madness, misery and emotional sensitivity.
I also like how he explains how early 40k mixed sci-fi and the Great Wars.