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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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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-05-01 20:45 (UTC)
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Actually, the Dorothy L board is famous for that sort of behavior. But you're not likely to know that if you aren't heavily involved with genre, either as a writer or industry professional. Few civilians know the SEKERT PASSWRD. Same as in SF/fantasy. How many folks know about the various communities in LJ, for example, unless they touch on their business?
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Jean Marie
*spreading a little sunshine wherever she, ah, goes*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-01 20:55 (UTC)
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That's true enough. I'd only really heard rumours of slash and fanfic before I got into LJ. That opened my eyes. Particularly regarding H. Potter, Esq.
I think brisingamen nails it when she talks of some fans having a sense of ownership of a character or a book or a subgenre.
On the other hand, that's nothing new. I seem to remember the fans forced Conan Doyle to bring Holmes back from the dead.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-01 22:39 (UTC)
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Actually, do you have any URLs for the Sayers board? I want to have a look at this for myself.
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