Daily Archives: March 18, 2005

Priming the Pump

The Whatever will be quiet over the weekend, but before I go I want to encourage all of you who write science fiction short stories — or who want to write science fiction short stories, or know someone who fits into either category above — to come around here on Monday, because I will have […]

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What SF is Great Literature?

Question from Jim Millen in the comment thread of the previous post: Just out of curiosity, John, are there any SF books in particular that you would say are great literature? Obviously I guess this is going to be hugely subjective, but I’d be interested in what you, or anyone else for that matter, thinks. […]

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What Publishing Is

As there has been recent confusion on the matter, let’s talk about what publishing is. Ready? Here it is: Publishing is an engine for the production of competent writing. That’s it. Now the details: What is competent writing? Competent writing is writing that efficiently describes ideas and concepts to an audience, using a grammar that […]

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What Publishing Is

As there has been recent confusion on the matter, let’s talk about what publishing is. Ready? Here it is: Publishing is an engine for the production of competent writing. That’s it. Now the details: What is competent writing? Competent writing is writing that efficiently describes ideas and concepts to an audience, using a grammar that […]

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