Sunday, October 02, 2005

Science Fiction is Dead (or maybe just this blog)

Well, the blog seems to be dead, or at least in estivation. I think that there was something seductive about discussing fiction anonymously, and the bloggers who decided to unmask suddenly realized, hey, since everybody knows my name, why shouldn't I just post in my own personal blog?

Or something.

As for me, I've been busy with other things. And, to tell the truth, the idea of writing thoughtful, reasoned critiques of stories is a great idea, but whenever I start taking the actual time to do it, a little voice reminds me of all the other things I'm behind deadline on.

So maybe it's not wise to wake it.

In any case, most of what I've been reading recently hasn't been science fiction at all. I could comment on a couple of graphic novels, _The Rabbi's Cat_, a graphic novel by Joann Sfar,
http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/rabbiscat.html
and _One Hundred Demons_ by Lynda Barry
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1570613370/102-4053954-4787303?v=glance
both of which do have sfnal content, but aren't really genre (more sui generis).

But I don't have a lot to say about them, other than that I liked them both, and wish that genre science fiction had a bit more of the raw punch of Barry, or the off-center charm of Sfar.

6 Comments:

Blogger John Schoffstall said...

Yeah, I was afraid this would happen when you guys went public.

There are problems with anonymity on the net -- see the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory -- but it also allows for honest opinion without fear of the 'excommunicating voice of society'. Or pissing off some editor or author whom you might want to sell to some day.

So, it's too bad.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Brickworks said...

Yeah, I kinda stopped checking this, too. I think it was a nice idea, and then I think it turned into something the participants weren't expecting it to turn into.

Me, I'm in the middle of a really busy mess, so I'm reading my comfort books, the dog-eared novels I've reread every year since I was 15: Robin McKinley's _The Blue Sword_ and _The Hero and the Crown_. They make me happy, but for some reason this time around they're making me cry more than usual. With _Hero_ I seem to be seeing the story more through Aerin's father's eyes, and it's terribly sad because he loves his daughter very much, but has absolutely no idea what to do with her.

Sniff...I've started tearing up again...I'll stop rambling now...

4:18 PM  
Blogger Safe Light said...

I got a little self conscious about being the only one posting, actually. "Safe Light's House of Safe Light" was just a little twee, if you see what I mean.

Still, had fucking *great* discusssions here as compared with my personal blog.

4:26 PM  
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