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Fog and Links

We are covered by fog again this morning. It's after 8:00 here now and it still hasn't burned off yet. I'm really glad I don't have to drive in it, as there are some low spots between here and the university, and it seems to collect in those and get even thicker.


Links!

* I can't remember who posted this. It's Retronaut, Photos from the World Fair, Paris 1900.

* Book View Cafe just released: Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for Young (and Old) Writers by Laura Anne Gilman. Writing is a craft. Publishing is a business. Today’s world requires you to understand both. It's $2.99 for the ebook.

* Weird Fiction Review: The Strangest of Neverlands: Ray Caesar’s Luminous, Defiant Lost Girls by Nancy Hightower
I was first introduced to Ray Caesar’s work when writing the catalogue essay for Carrie Ann Baade’s Cute and Creepy show, which was exhibited at Florida State University’s Fine Art Museum this past October. I haven’t been able to shake the images of his haunting, and haunted, beauties ever since. Trapped forever between woman and girl, human and creature, these lovelies radiate a strength and light amid the perils that threaten their very existence.

* The Book Smugglers: Celebrating 50 Years of A Wrinkle In Time
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time – rejected by countless publishers before finally finding a home with FSG in 1962, was a formative novel for me as a young girl. With its sympathetic heroine, the socially awkward (but mathematically savvy) Meg, the exceptionally empathetic Charles, the admittedly crushworthy Calvin, and the slew of strange immortals, science fictional dimension-jumping aspects of the novel, and, most importantly, the message of love conquering all won over my twelve-year-old heart.

* Also on Book View Cafe: An Article by Linda Nagata on The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea She says nice things about them, and talks about the way magic is used in the books.

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R.e. the last link, one of the things I love about several of your books is the way they straddle both fantasy and science fiction. They weigh more heavily on the fantasy side, but they don't exclude SF -- or, more specifically, science.

There often seems to be an unspoken rule in fantasy, that if there is 'magic' then the 'science' can't be more advanced than certain medieval ideals (even if the setting isn't straight-up medieval). That's great, and often results in a truly full-bodied, layered world. But there are times when I wonder why the people in those worlds don't see the potential in the natural world and in the magic, and do more with it. Like, why are they still riding horses/walking everywhere when they could (to use the example Linda Nagata used from your books) borrow a piece of magical rock to make ships fly?

And I think what that kind of science-within-the-magical-world often does for me is make the world more real. It means there are people out there concerned with everyday things like improving transportation, or making commerce faster and easier. It's not just the world of the characters involved in the main, usually magical-ish plot; it's a much bigger world. If that makes sense.

Also? It's cool. Science that can't exist in our world! Awesome!

Edited at 2012-02-01 03:44 pm (UTC)

Thanks! And yeah, I think it reflects the real world more, to remember that people who aren't magical are still going to be looking for better ways to do things, and that different cultures are going to advance at different rates. Like how during the European Middle Ages, places like China and the Middle East were making advances in science, medicine, etc. And that people who do have magic are probably going to be working on ways to make their magic better, more efficient, and so on.

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