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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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This was a fascinating read. Thanks :)


Sweet pea? Ursula K. Le Guin. SF author, classics brain. ;-)

Also: The bizarre compulsion to write only stories you're passionate about?
You would still be a good writer if you were churning out Ye Oldes all over the place. You'd probably be a go-to-gal for reliably good stories in any fantasy sub-genre one could name. A different kind of good reputation, if you will.
But your passion and your love for the story you're telling comes through in your writing. It's part of what makes it so thick and so good.
Be glad of it. :-)

(Also: The story about the Rusalka? Sad and sweet and hopeful. Just what I needed this morning. :-)

I think LeGuin has a Masters in Anthropology. Of course, there are plenty of chemists, mathmaticians and physicists who poo-pooh Anthro as a science.

LeGuin's one of my favorite writers of ALL time. I adore her SF. Furthermore, she was one of the few writers that could get me to read fantasy. Because of her I figured out why I didn't like a lot of the rest of the genre, which led me to being able to find fantasy that I could read happily.


But yes - a classics brain and she also has a science background.


Oh, honey, Anthro!Geeks FTW! :-D

I love-love-love her essays! :-D

Wow. What a great primer on making the jump to the other. I'll remember it when and if I ever attempt to write some F instead of SF.

I got an idea for you: C3PO & R2D2. In Palimpsest. On Acid. Lucas would eat that tie-in shit up!

Ahem. I will go back to hashing out payroll now.

I find it so incredibly interesting to read what other writers think of their work, and of crossing genres, and writing on certain themes and such. Thank you for writing this!

I'm tempted to metaquotes the part about Vista. XD

So does that mean Windows 7 is ... steampunk?

that was a great short story. loved the tone, perfect. please write the book!

Since I have an intimate acquaintance with gymnastics, and diving, I'd use the analogy 'like going from gymnastics to diving.' The twists and rolls are all done in the same way, but you have to get that 'land on your feet and stick it!' mentality switched to 'land on your head, be straight and clean going in.'

Great essay - totally enjoyed reading it, as I do any of your writing.

i had trouble getting into this...because i always find exerpts distracting and hard to move my brain around, and the beginning had several, but once you got to the callowhales, my attention was captured.
i enjoyed it. it seems like the kind of thing that could be a much bigger story if it tried(and there was no word-limit). i liked being left wondering about what happened next. i liked all the questions it raised. i liked the sense of it being a small fragment of a much bigger, more complete, not-fully-explained world.

also. i believe dan simmons is PROOF that a classics brain goes quite well with science fiction.

I'll second Le Guin and Simmons, and raise you one Sam Delaney for the awesomest, pretty-wordiest poetic SF evah.

In hard SF the specifics of the tech may matter but a lot of my favorite SF is way more like fantasy in it's handling of the world details. Like Gene Wolfe who's also the awesomest evah.

Wow. You pretty much explained why I've always shied away from trying to write science fiction as well. I love it, but I've always felt somehow unworthy asnd not smart enough and not sciencey enough to play in that field.

If I rise to the challenge and write something with a science fiction flavor, I'm going to credit and blame you. Because if someone as awesome as you can have trouble with SF and still overcome those doubts, then surely I've no reason not to try.

I will happily take the blame.

I would love to read a novel grown out of that story!

Incidentally, this is my favoritest alt/retro-future story ever invented.

I don't know if you'd read Michael Moorcocks Blood trilogy, but I think you would enjoy it. It has pirates and a multiverse and a long running space opera comic/tv show.

I say this because "Thy Radiant Car" was more like that than any other SF I've read, while being entirely it's own.

(I've been reading this blog on your site so I didn't realize there was commenting capability. Hi!)

I left a comment on Clarkesworld, but I wanted to come over here to say again how much I loved the story. It is indeed very shiny. And please don't be afraid of writing a novel in that world, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to read it.

I have this bizarre compulsion to only write stories I'm passionate about, that add something if not to the genre itself, to my understanding of the genre. I know, it's crazy. And not very economically smart. And yet, here we are.

And yet, I'm glad you do it, knowing that it makes you write the tales that you have, which I love.

Interesting essay, amazing story. I loved, loved, loved it. Such a perfect marriage of elements! And the descriptions of the cinema, and cinematic elements, were amazing, to say nothing of the rest of it.

Congrats on the World Fantasy Award nomination!

Fantastic points on both scifi and fantasy writing. I lean more toward the scifi genre in my writing, but I've had my head in both since the beginning. It's not a deathly struggle to switch between for me, but each most definitely requires a different mindset to approach.

I *do* have a degree in some type of Real Science, and even *work* in Real Science, and it's *still* hard for me to wrap my head around some of the things I want to put in my stories. :P I've been researching my current WIP fiendishly lately, and it's a bit daunting to see how much material is out there just begging to be used, yet I hesitate because I feel my understanding of it isn't what it should be to write about it.

And yet, I try. I guess I'll see how well it pays off eventually...

Best of luck in your own SF adventures, I can't wait to read all of that too! Also, your comment about rubbing your face on the story like a cat made me ROTFL! :D

Besides Le Guin who is a true master of everything (prose, poetry, essays, SF, F, mainstream), there was Zelazny, who cheerfully and seamlessly fused SF and F in his works.

Among online venues, Crossed Genres explicitly focuses on works that don't fit specific subgenres.

The less we insist on distinctions, the less ghettoized the genre and its practitioners will be.

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