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Japan just doesn't love you anymore.

That subject line, I was having breakfast and thinking about cyberpunk, about sf and trends and how cyberpunk has been deemed passé, irrelevant, out of fashion by the gatekeepers of science fiction. And that phrase popped into my mind. Maybe there's an sf short story that belongs to it. Maybe. Or it might be the title of my second collection of sf, which will happen someday.* Cyberpunk remains the sort of sf I most enjoy writing, fashion be fucked and damned.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Spooky's put up a PC copy of the lettered, boxed edition of From Weird and Distant Shores (2002). It goes without saying this book is very, very rare. The lettered includes "Rat's Star: A Fragment," a piece not published in the trade edition of the collection (or ever reprinted anywhere else). If we ever offer another of these, it'll be a long while to come.

Yesterday, I began the eighth chapter of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and wrote 1,802 words. The chapter begins with a series of excerpts from a telephone answering machine, which says something telling about the structure of the novel, I think. After writing, we proofed "Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956)" for Two Worlds and In Between, because I'm behind of the proofreading for that project and racing to catch up.

Unless I leave the house today, it will have been nine days since I was last Outside,

Apparently, when I say, "Blizzard, you've lost me," it means I have to go forthwith and roll a new character and then spend five hours playing her. Last night, we did a little with Shah and Suraa, completeing the Twilight Highlands. And then...I created a Forsaken mage named Erszébetta and Spooky created a Forsaken priest named Tzilla, and the next five hours were a blur of silliness. One of my few favorite things about WoW are those first ten levels. Not sure why, but they're always the most fun. And it's just sad how much easier the starter levels are now compared to when I beagn playing in October 2008. I almost reached Level 11; we went to bed about 4:30 ayem, because there was no one here to tell us we were bad kids and shoo us away to bed. I deleted my dwarf paladin, Dís, to make room on Cenarion Circle for Erszébetta. Sorry, Dís. My heart belongs to Sylvanas.

This evening, after the writing is done, I'll be posting the new "what if I..." question. As before, answers will be screened, which means I'm the only person who will be able to see them. The ones that get reprinted in the digested will be printed anonymously. Which is meant to lower those nasty inhibitions you might be harboring.

*You steal this title, I publicly embarrass you, then kill you. The End.

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spiritualmonkey
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I still love cyberpunk
I dunno, the Japanese are having less sex with people, fewer kids, and looking to robots to care for their elderly.

Who ever said Japan was no longer the home of dystopian, fucked-up techno futures with non-standard sex? ;-)

"Japan has porn that makes the Germans look well adjusted."
-Tony Bourdain, A Cook's Tour
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I still love cyberpunk

Oh, fuck. Laughed till it hurt. You may have a point.
papersteven
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Or it might be the title of my second collection of sf, which will happen someday.

My vote is still for Hope is a Four-Letter Word.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)

Did I come up with that? I can't recall, but it's awfully good (and reminiscent of Unca Harlan).
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robyn_ma
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
'Or it might be the title of my second collection of sf, which will happen someday.* *You steal this title, I publicly embarrass you, then kill you. The End.'

...your second collection of SF will be titled Which Will Happen Someday?

...actually, that's not a bad title for an SF collection...
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)

These other titles. Now I'm indecisive.
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lyda222
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
"They" were saying cyberpunk was dead when Melissa Scott and I were publishing our own visions for the first time. Heck, I've got a new book coming out this year that could be classified as cyberpunk... though much more loosely so than my previous stuff.

Anyway, I say it's not dead until the fat lady uploads her song.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

Anyway, I say it's not dead until the fat lady uploads her song.

Good line. I don't actually think it's dead, either. I think the self-appointed judges of what is and what isn't relevant sf are mostly full of shit.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyberpunk

I think the public conciousness moved away thinking we had achieved too high a level of technology for cyberpunk to be intriguing, but what has replaced it? The new sf I've liked seems to return to a William-Gibson-esque perspective ('The Windup Girl' comes to mind.)

Well, "mundane" sf sucked butt.

I think part of what happened is that our society stopped worrying about our sterile techno future, and became infected with gadgetitis.

And yes, The Wind-Up Girl is post-Gibbsonian cyberpunk.
nokomis1339
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
If cyberpunk is out, then what, dare I ask, is in?

~L~
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)

If cyberpunk is out, then what, dare I ask, is in?

Well, so called "mundane sf" came and went. And there's steampunk, which I fear has grown tiresome and dumbed-down. The Singularity's not what it used to be. Which is to say, I don't know.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)

Another Erzsebetta? Welcome to the family! You know, I could create a zillion characters based on my birth name, Elizabeth -- Lisbeth, Lizette, Bitty, etc. The list goes on and on.

Yeah...I'm a copycat.

Well, actually, my CoX characters were Eszébetta and Lizbeth, as it happens.

My only complaint? That the chapter ended! Bugger.

You may get the second chapter in SD #63.
sovay
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe there's an sf short story that belongs to it. Maybe. Or it might be the title of my second collection of sf, which will happen someday.

Could be the lead story for your second collection.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Could be the lead story for your second collection.

Maaaaaaybe.

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ashlyme
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
i wasn't aware that cyberpunk had really gone away,but then I read little enough sf that I'd have no idea what would pass for "fashionable" anyway.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)

i wasn't aware that cyberpunk had really gone away

The gatekeepers, who think themselves very relevent, pronounced this years ago.
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oddmonster
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Wait, there are gatekeepers of sf? ....Any way to accidentally close the gates on them rather than listen to their opinions?

This is why we can't have nice internets.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

Wait, there are gatekeepers of sf?

Well, they think so.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
With your imagination, my God ...

Many days would be required, and good music.

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captaincurt81
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyberpunk
My criteria for evaluating reading material: Does it seem like a good read? Does it appeal to me? If so I go with it. They can shove their labels.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyberpunk

They can shove their labels.

More like you, please.

Cyberpunk, splatterpunk, steampunk, mythpunk, squidpunk, biopunk...I swear th fuck, I've been called all these things, and it's just bullshit.
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Tracy Tibbits
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of afraid what "Splatterpunk" might be. And you've been called this? The mind, it boggles. But then again, I don't think I've come across any of your Science Fiction yet.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 10th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)

I'm sort of afraid what "Splatterpunk" might be. And you've been called this?

Spatterpunk was a "movement" among a small group of horror writers in the eighties. The main emphasis was on shock and gore, often coupled with dark humor, rock and roll, and fairly blatant sexism. Yeah, I've been called splatterpunk, though I've never written that way, and I showed up a good five years or more after the "movement" had become, at worst, a bad joke that even the man credited with having coined the term didn't want to be associated with.

But then again, I don't think I've come across any of your Science Fiction yet.

I think it's some of my best writing. I have one sf collection out, A is for Alien. In fact, we have a copy of eBay (it quickly sold out and has been out of print for about a year).
jessamyg
Feb. 11th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I'd still say go with your smogpunk, which hides in the murk as much as it reveals.

And, as for your second collection, why not go for a triptych format, with these as sub-headings? Just a thought.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 11th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
And, as for your second collection, why not go for a triptych format, with these as sub-headings?

That could work.

Edited at 2011-02-11 02:38 am (UTC)
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