Date: 2012-01-25 05:28 am (UTC)
A bit of a belated comment...however, reading your post about the sad state of/lack of style in sci-fi, something John D. MacDonald wrote in the intro to Stephen King's "Night Shift" comes to mind: he said that to be a writer, "You have to have a taste for words. Gluttony. You have to want to roll in them. You have to read millions of them by other people. You read everything with grinding envy or weary contempt."

I am trying very hard to not come off as sycophantic here, but it seems to me that your justifiable "weary contempt" when reading sci-fi is because you are one of the writers who produce "good writing." Contempt because you are a talented writer with a firm and unique grasp of style, voice, and language as well as plot and mechanics (not to mention legitimate scientific expertise!). Thus it is much easier for you to recognize and be irked by the mediocre or the inadequate.

You mentioned a bunch of great writers who, to you, embodied what is missing in much current sci-fi literature. I'd add your name to theirs in a flash.

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