• Posts Tagged ‘SF’

    Writing What You Want Or Writing For Living?

    by  • September 22, 2010 • Publishing, Writing • 4 Comments

    At Fantasycon 2010 this past weekend, I moderated a panel discussing the tightrope authors have to walk between writing what they want and maintaining a commercial career in the current tough publishing environment. For anyone aspiring to be an author, it’s essential listening: Powered by Podbean.com (The sound quality may not be great in...

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    Fantasy vs SF: Who Let The Dogs Out?

    by  • December 8, 2009 • Fantasy, Publishing, SF • 14 Comments

    Mark Charan Newton, actually. Over on his blog, Mark has incited a firestorm with the posting “Why Science Fiction is dying and Fantasy Fiction is the future”, which has attracted fierce responses from Charles Stross, Richard Morgan, Adam Roberts and many others. Here’s my response: Surely there is no finer sport than ramming sharpened...

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    ‘If You Write SF, Deny Your Genre’

    by  • October 23, 2007 • SF • 0 Comments

    Some people may have missed Brian Aldiss’ letter to The (London) Times on October 16 under this heading. He says: Sir, At the Cheltenham Festival Margaret Atwood said that writers “are likely to be compulsive wordsmiths” — presumably a way of saying that writing is for some of us an expression of the life...

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    Selling Fantasy By The Pound

    by  • October 20, 2007 • Fantasy, Publishing, SF • 6 Comments

    Fantasy and SF for the connoisseur or for mainstream tastes: which path should a publishing house follow? That’s an interesting debate which the ever-erudite Lou Anders has raised on his blog. When founding the excellent Pyr imprint, Lou and his team took the conscious decision to publish what Norman Spinrad called “science fiction written...

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    Give Me Some Emotion

    by  • October 18, 2007 • Fantasy, SF • 0 Comments

    A lot of people have been talking about my post suggesting that the more rationalist a society gets, the less it needs rationalist fiction like SF (with poor old Richard Dawkins thrown in as the whipping boy, for a spot of humour). Some have been predictably getting hot under the collar. Others were more...

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    Richard Dawkins Is Killing SF!

    by  • October 14, 2007 • Fantasy, The Occult • 21 Comments

    Or how you can lose by winning… Science fiction is in a slow sales decline (or not so slow, depending on which bookseller you talk to), and now accounts for a fraction of its former market. Meanwhile, fantasy remains a sales juggernaut, with what Publishers Weekly described at its last roundtable close-up (admittedly nearly...

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