From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: OT... Nature at work
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 23:43:22 -0500
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Bill Sloman wrote:
> Jonathan Kirwan wrote in message news:...
> > On Mon, 25 Nov 2002 15:46:14 +0000, John Woodgate
> > wrote:
> > >I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
> > >wrote (in ) about 'OT...
> > >Nature at work', on Mon, 25 Nov 2002:
> > >
> > >>Now he's a man I'd liked to have used as a role model - I got the Ph.D. in
> > >>Chemisty, but I didn't write and sell the science fiction at the same time
> > >>.... just read loads of it (and still do).
> > >
> > >There was barely enough room on this planet for Isaac and Arthur C
> > >Clarke, not to mention all the others. One more would have certainly
> > >exceeded critical mass. (;-)
> > There isn't room for Isaac Asimov and any other writer, period.
> > I think he is, if not the most prolific writer in all of
> > history, then at least he's in 2nd place.
> I'm not sure that the forests could survive another writer like him.
> He didn't write all that much science fiction, and while what he did
> write is pretty good, Pohl and Kornbluth, Larry Niven, Ian M.Banks and
> Ken MacLeod have produced better. At least to my taste. His piece on
> thiotimeotoline takes some beating, but it parodies real scientific
> papers and doesn't really count as science fiction, even though it was
> first published in Analog/Astounding.
> Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
have you ever read "Early Asimov"? It was a collection of some of
his earliest work where he admitted most of it was bad. He used it to
urge people who want to write, to keep trying and not give up if their
first attempts were too bad to publish. I wrote four or five Sci-Fi
novels about 15 years ago but I never submitted them to a publisher. I
was tired of not finding anything to read so I wrote them for myself.
You know how it is. You are reading a book and suddenly the author's
words hit you and you think, I wouldn't have done it THAT way! So I did
it the way I wanted. I wrote them on a 40 column display and had no
spell checker, using Speedscript on a Commodore 64. I believe I still
have the disks, but by now they are probably unreadable.
Michael A. Terrell