Antenna (antennapedia) wrote,

  • Music:


Check it: Cory Doctorow writes "In Praise of Fanfic", in Locus magazine:
Writers can't ask readers not to interpret their work. You can't enjoy a novel that you haven't interpreted — unless you model the author's characters in your head, you can't care about what they do and why they do it. And once readers model a character, it's only natural that readers will take pleasure in imagining what that character might do offstage, to noodle around with it. This isn't disrespect: it's active reading.
He also talks about the importance of active, literary fanfic readers & writers to a field that's seeing its readership dwindle. SF has always had less of a wall between amateur and pro anyway. Fans turn into pro writers, and writers stay fans.

We subscribe to Locus but I tend to read it only in chunks when I trip over the Locust stack on a weekend. I note they reviewed a nice Jack Vance collection. Which I won't be purchasing because we subscribed to that enormous reprint-everything-Jack-Vance-wrote project a few years ago, and thus we have it all. Jack Vance is one of my major inspirations as a writer. Anyway, check that, too!
Tags: fandom

  • Moving in slow motion

    I am putting around rather than getting this thing finished & driving toward shipping. As you know, Bob, it's ship or die. Shipping is preferable to…

  • It werfs flammen.

    Today's workout was one of those bread-and-butter workouts. I did exactly three lifts, but I did each of them a lot. The details: 5x5 (means 5 sets…

  • My favorite musical genre is "untouched by human hands".

    Wrote some stuff. Did some programming. Lifted some weights, carefully, without involving my shoulder (harder than expected given that your shoulder…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded