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Stross, I'm gunning for you!

I had a partial success last night at creative writing. We're doing longer pieces now. For the next few weeks in each class three people read out a piece of around 1,500 words for commentary. I decided to write some SF. Only simonjrogers and I could be described as SF readers and I have very different tastes from Julie our teacher. She likes Atonement, I couldn't stand it. I dared to say Midsummer Night's Dream went on a bit. Julie says she has never read any SF that she has liked, she couldn't get near Philip K Dick for example (but loves the stylistically similar Hemingway).

So I set myself the challenge of writing a whole short SF story in 1,500 words that Julie would like. It partially worked in as much as she did enjoy what I'd written but not completely as she didn't really understand it. This is partly to do with the fact that she hasn't read it and it's a very dense text but also partly because I'm still not signposting plot or development clearly enough. I'm going to email it to her for a proper critique and we'll see how that goes.

It was a bit funny. Because it was SF and most of the class don't read SF, they assumed it was far weirder than it actually was. They were seeing alien take overs and the like whereas it was a much more simple tale of all too human revenge.

I guess I'll post it when I've tarted it up (and perhaps increased the signposting).


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Jun. 27th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
I don't see a whole lot of style similarity between the Hemmingway I've read and Phillip K. Dick that I've read. Are you referring to Dick's novels or his shorts?

Dick's novels are long difficult reads, high on the Jargon, low on the structure and sometimes just wandering off into nowhee. Much of the Hemmingway I've read is 70% dialog or better framed with terse descriptive setup frames.

Jun. 27th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
I did find this quote:
"As proof that Philip K. Dick is the Ernest Hemingway of Science Fiction, I offer his non-science fiction novel: Confessions of a Crap Artist. An examination of disfunction and insanity more than anything else, Confessions of a Crap Artist casts the blinding light of skepticism on the Mythology of the Leave it To Beaver Era ...

But it's more a feeling that I get when reading Dick or Hemingway that somehow they are connected. I'm not entirely sure why so it's difficult to justify. Perhaps it's something to do with a sense of otherness, I don't know.
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
'gbsteve' sez:
" guess I'll post it when I've tarted it up (and perhaps increased the signposting)."

I'll look forward to that.
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