[links] Link salad gets didactic

A glowing review for my new collection The Sky That Wraps

A profoundly negative review of my tor.com story, “The Speed of Time” — I continue to be baffled that people seem to think this is political fiction. Unless the absence of white male characters makes it “political”?

Educational Chemistry Crayons complete set of 48 crayons with labels — (Thanks to .)

The power of anecdotesBad Science on research, reporting and anecdotal evidence.

The right-wing, blinded by its own hysteriaYet right-wing commentators and politicians have twisted themselves in knots to portray the Park51 project as a grievous assault — and “the American people” as victims. Victims of what? Rauf’s sinister plot to despoil the city with a fitness center, a swimming pool and — shudder — a space for the performing arts? Hahaha.

?otD: How political is your fiction?


8/29/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (convention time)
Body movement: urban walking to come
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Deliverer by C.J. Cherryh

One thought on “[links] Link salad gets didactic

  1. Cora says:

    I don’t really get why this story is considered overly political either. Sure, there is that throwaway line about Republicans, but it’s just one line. It can’t be the religious content either, because American readers usually lap up fictional discussions about the existence of god.

    I suspect what might have put off a certain kind of reader is that the closest thing to a protagonist is a Lebanese woman and a lapsed (sort of) muslim. Apparently, having protagonists who are neither white American men nor Christian nor atheist rationalists is still considered political. Or maybe they’re just pissed off that it was the Soviets and not the US that built the boson gun.

    As for the reviewer, not only does he parrot the objections to the story from the Tor.com thread, he also manages to get in a dig against Tor.com’s recent paranormal romance and urban fantasy month. Because god beware that a site that one the premier SFF sites on the net actually discusses the bestselling and most popular SFF subgenre today. Because clearly, rereading the Wheel of Time mammothology or getting into a fight about Robert A. Heinlein is clearly so much more important.

    How political is my fiction? Not overly, I’d say. But I am a political person and of course my political views and concerns do influence my fiction. Since I’m not American, some of that political content may not be that obvious to American readers. But writing from the POV of an East German Stasi officer and making him a sympathetic character definitely is political.

    Besides, if writing protagonists who are something other than straight, white American men qualifies as political now, then my fiction definitely is political, because I don’t write a whole lot of Americans. I also write quite a few gays and lesbians.

    I sometimes worry whether a piece of fiction might accidentally be seen to promote a political message I do not agree with at all. For example, could a female character finding herself pregnant under not ideal circumstance and deciding to have the baby be viewed as promoting an anti-abortion message, which is the last thing I’d want?

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