I’m a big paper user for my notes, experiments, and doodles. An army of dust mites are happily enjoying decades of my work I need to scan in.
The British Library has been doing this with a bunch of famous writers’ notebooks, putting them online. I generally do not give a shit about Charles Dickens, but I do love to see stuff like Blake’s notebooks.
(from the BBC)
Over at the Guardian, Damien Walter makes the case for reading franchise novels in a specific sci fi canon…
What franchise novels can certainly do well is compelling storytelling. And at their best, they can do it much better than the franchises that spawned them. Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire introduces the malevolent Grand Admiral Thrawn to the extended Star Wars universe, where he remains hands-down its best antagonist.
while simultaneously making the case for writing them…
The big names of franchise writing such as Peter David and Alan Dean Foster may struggle to command much literary respect, but with more than 20 million books sold worldwide, Kevin J Anderson can respond to critics of his Dune prequels while sucking on a stogie rolled from thousand-dollar bills.
A genre fiction writer, in this case a science fiction writer, takes a stand and says that science fiction is better than literary fiction… at least as a way for us to think about the big issues of the day.
Speculative fiction may not mimic real life but it uses its magic mirror to reflect on the world around us. It’s a fundamentally outward-looking genre, in direct contrast to literary fiction, which looks inward to explore the human condition.
Pew-pew! Pew-pew! Take that John Updike!