When I have the time, I want to read more science fiction. When I read more science fiction, I like it when someone has already given me a sense of what is worth reading and what is not worth reading. It’s not because I will follow their advice, but if I get part way into a story and find myself struggling to want to finish it, it’s nice to know someone else had the same reaction — and it’s just as nice to race through a story constantly saying “Wow!” out loud because the writing is so good and know that somebody also had that reaction.
In other words, I guess I don’t like to read alone. Well, I do, but I like to know other people are out there.
And so thank you to [Locus magazine for reviewing a month’s worth of science fiction periodical contents]. Very cool. And so thank you to [Slashdot] to linking to the Cory Doctorow video that he himself linked to on BoingBoing but then that got me reading [BoingBoing] and Doctorow links to himself a lot and I actually clicked on one of those links, and while the link itself — the one about how to talk about the future that was in _Locus_ magazine on-line — turned out to be really not worth reading — see, I have now returned the favor! — there was other stuff on _Locus_ that was worth reading.
Doctorow, by the way, is a very smart guy, and prolific to boot. So if he occasionally publishes something that doesn’t quite hit the mark, he also regularly publishes stuff which is not only very smart but completely from his heart. In fact, he is not only to be admired for the way he conducts his career but to be emulated. And by that I mean me. I want to write more from my heart and less from the weird technocratic perspective that a lot of academic publishing requires.
And, *sigh*, that probably means that I will be less successful as an academic than I would like — I’ll admit it, I would like to be successful in terms of being cited and linked, but my editor at the University Press of Mississippi assured me that my prose is too novelistic for most academics. It’s not very quotable in the traditional, scholarly way.
*And sigh again.*