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Passed 30,000 words today. Approximate halfway point unless the second half ends up bloating. Whew. Rest of my writing today will be thesis-related. Fun fun.

A word of advice: William Gibson is much more interesting when talking about writing, culture, the world et al, than when reading his work. So given the option between hearing the two, go for the former.

And while Margaret Atwood can read, her mile-deep SF aversion continues to piss me off. Particularly now that I've seen it live instead of just in print. :P

Just wait until the day spec fic rules the world. They'll be sorry then.



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Nov. 3rd, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC)
do you mean 'go for the former?'
Nov. 4th, 2003 12:03 am (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2003 02:50 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Atwood hated sci-fi. Was the sci-fi novel subplot in Blind Assassin supposed to be more of a bad thing, then? I have to reread that.
Nov. 4th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know about The Blind Assassin (despite not being a huge Atwood fan I have read almost all of her books, but not that one, Surfacing, or the new one). But I do know she's denied that Oryx & Crake is science fiction in interview (saying something about how it doesn't have space ships and aliens or some such *rolls eyes*), despite the fact that it takes place in the future and involves genetic engineering of a new race of humans. And at the reading, she took a bit of a jab at Gibson's work, and then went on to explain that while her book is about the future, "no one's ever been to the future, so we all know it must really be about the present".

She seems to have a phobia of having any of her work perceived as being SF. And a very cliched idea of what SF is. I figure she's intelligent enough to realize that both of these things are silly (after all, there are plenty of respected works of literary SF, and SF hasn't been all space opera in a long time), so it pisses me off. To the extent that I write rants like this one about it. Heh. :P
Nov. 4th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea she was so phobic! Yes, there is a whole novel-within-a-novel in Blind Assassin and it's very bordering-on-campy sci-fi from what I remember. I'll have to reread the book--I fell in love with it because of all the great Waste Land references so I've been looking for an excuse to reread it . . .
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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