Brian: "I feel like I need a scale whenever I meet someone, so I can know if this is a really big author that I should know, or if they are new, or were big in the 80s or what. I have no idea, usually. Like...this guy is two Scalzis, or something."
Me: "Oh, no, Scalzi is too big to be a base unit of measurement. You need a more average author who can multiply up and divide down more freely. Two Scalzis would be huge."
earthgoat : "Two Scalzis is like half a Gaiman."
So, let us invent a scale for Brian. We can even call it Brian's Scale, meant for people somewhat aware of the field but not huge fans. We need a base measurement, the authorial equivalents of inches--I think Scalzi works well enough for a foot-analogue measurement. Gaiman, obviously, is the epic yardstick. Other measurements could include awards: one Hugo win equals a fifth of a Resnick. I also think that though Gaiman is a good measure of contemporary mega-success, there has to be a Legend measurement, too. Like, a Gaiman is a half LeGuin, or how many Gibsons make an Asimov?
I open the floor. I will post the complete scale, hopefully, by the time ConFusion begins on Friday.