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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-28 23:01
Subject: science fiction, what's that about, then? (part whatever it is)
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Some time ago, back before the PreCambrian Explosion, when it was just me and Jean Marie and Selkie and the (even then sadly-LJless) OJM rattling around here, with occasional interjections by Lou Anders and brisingamen and peake (remember those days, guys? Before all these boisterous folk started moving in?) I posted a few rather clumsy and embarrassing rants about the state of science fiction today and my rather namby-pamby views on it.
Well, I'm indebted to Neal Asher for pointing me at this article by Richard Morgan (whose novel Black Man I'm currently enjoying enormously) which addresses a few of the points I sort of approached but veered away from. I think the man talks a lot of sense. Any thoughts?
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-29 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I too am oblivious to all this fighting. I went to the Glasgow Con in 2006, and felt like a normal person who'd wandered into a weird place.
(And I'm pretty odd)

I wonder if it would be possible to write a story that would subtly brainwash the reader into not being such a jerk and realising that the turf wars are stupid and counterproductive?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-29 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We were there in '06, too. I bet you went into the dealers' room and walked right past our table, too. Without buying anything.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-30 09:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That'll be book dealing, right? Where were you? I bought a couple of books from a couple of stalls.

(I have somewhere in the region of 3000 books, most second hand)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-01 20:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep, book dealing. I can't remember where our table was now, to be honest with you. It was a good weekend, though. We DHL'd the books to Glasgow and I had to buy a new suitcase to take them back again (and all the books I'd bought in the meantime. Cost me fifteen quid in excess baggage on the plane from Prestwick.)
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-05-01 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes.
This can also be seen on internet fora, where there is a procession of uninformed people and teenagers asking the same damn questions. Every generation has to work out that being a moron isn't cool, funny, or the way to win friends and influence people.
(Unless you can get on TV in which case anything goes)
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