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SF Tidbits for 9/8/07

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

5 Comments on SF Tidbits for 9/8/07

  1. joshua corning // September 8, 2007 at 12:38 am //

    Paper degrades over time. It starts to yellow, and will eventually fall apart.

    Anyway else get the feeling that we will have a viable replacement to books at about the same time we will be able to download them into our head?

  2. joshua corning // September 8, 2007 at 12:58 am //

    If you want to read SF that will inform either directly or indirectly about what it’s like to be a middle class white guy at the beginning of the 21st Century then SF has your back.

    However, if you want to read a story informed by the experience of what it’s like to be a woman living in the 21st Century then you’re a lot less well served.


    I thought most people read Sci Fi because they wanted to know what it is like to be a robot living in the 103rd Century.

    In fact, if you want to know what it’s like to be a black transgendered female living in the 21st Century through the medium of SF you can pretty much fuck right off.

    Sure, because we all know how hard it is for white straight men to penetrate the minds of blacks gays and women let alone empathize with them….Soooooo much harder then describing the motives, thoughts and dreams of sentient silox crystals.


    You should support Women writing Sci Fi because a large number of monkeys typing on keypads over a sufficient period of time will write your perfect Sci Fi and limiting yourself to only one small subset of monkeys (White straight men) worsens your odds.

  3. joshua corning // September 8, 2007 at 1:16 am //

    Don’t. Whatever you do, don’t forget your priorities. Describe the important events of the battle in more detail than you describe the rest of it. Believe it or not, some writers forget to do this, and become distracted by a pretty flower on the battlefield while the enemy critically injures the main character, which they then neglect to describe.

    An obvious fan of Moorcock whom has never read any Gene Wolfe.

  4. The Suite 101 links don’t work.

  5. Hmmmm…strange. The links work for me…and based on his comments, Joshua as well.

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