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And I only am escaped...

We made it all the way through The Dry Salvages today, marking missing commas and such. I found one possible problem involving light speed and relativity, but it's easily fixed. All in all, the ARC version is in good shape. And, as I've said, I am very proud of this story.

But I'm wrestling with many of the inherent difficulties of science fiction. The worst, I think, is that though I may strive to write about a character in the 24th century, in truth all I'm ever doing is writing 21st-century characters in a postulated 24th-century setting. Language is especially frustrating, trying to imagine how a character might speak, while, at the same time, leaving the language accessible to a contemporary audience. Science fiction is not an exact science, but then neither are most of the most interesting sciences.


Jul. 20th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
River of Gods (only available in UK at present): http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743256700/qid=1090297656/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/202-9047638-4752620
Necroville (published in US as Terminal Cafe): http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553374168/qid=1090297492/sr=ka-3/ref=pd_ka_3/104-9507954-7186332

I prettymuch recommend anything and EVERYthing by Ian McDonald, as he is one of the most amazing sci-fi/fantasy writers of all time. Oftimes his skill with language reminds me of another famous Dubliner of the literary situation, James Joyce, only with a healthy dose of Yeats' lyricism and cyberpunk technobabble. Simply amazing.