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SF Tidbits for 8/10/07

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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 8/10/07

  1. I saw a friend of mine the UK yesterday and he talked about the Banks book. Can’t wait. Don’t know if it’ll make it into the book, but the draft included a massive appendix of notes by banks on the background.

  2. “”uhhh. Sci-Fi is like things based on science but are not real and Fantasy comes from the imagination like unicorn and the Loch ness monster” [via Robert J. Sawyer]”

    I think this answer should be accepted as the final and definitive exegesis of this perennial conundrum. Because Mr. Sawyer says “uhhh…” before answering, it is clear that he was asked this question suddenly, as if stepping out of the shower, or startled out of deep sleep, by an unexpected and inopportune interviewer. Such unreflective ejaculations presage a spontaneous, hence authentic, answer.

    Let’s be fair. If you have to answer qucikly, you would not go on about the degree of verisimilitude of counterfactual assumptions in a secondary-world setting. If someone jumped out of an ally and asked you to say the difference between SF and Fantasy or he would dash your brains out with a baseball bat, and you only had one second to answer:

    “uhhh. SF! Rocketships! Fantasy! Unicorns!”

    You know you would. You were thinking it. You were.

  3. My bad. To clarify, that quote was from some user on the Yahoo forums, and not Sawyer.

    Not that that makes your answer any less entertaining. 🙂

  4. oops! I attributed the “uhh” quote to Sawyer. Sorry.

  5. joshua corning // August 10, 2007 at 7:45 pm //

    More cover pr0n from the Genre Files: Ian M. Banks’ next Culture book, Matter.

    I read that his new book will have an appendix in order to explain its story better….

    Just because he divorced his Wife does not mean he should divorce his editor as well.

    By the way it is Iain, not Ian.

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