I'll add a few although I don't know what I'll get on all these from the start. Not sure how much this adds but every one of these seems more interesting than every one of the current crop, although arguably Gibson and the cyberpunks fall closer to the current crop than the old school, and someone like Ellison is right in the middle of the New Wave that included Moorcock and Ballard and other similar writers.I made a small chart showing some of the award winning early science fiction authors, their educations and accomplishments. Lets compare it to some modern authors and see if we can spot a pattern:
|E.E. "Doc" Smith||Ph.D. in chemical engineering (George Washington University?)||Food science expert|
|Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger)||Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University||U.S. Army officer, East Asia Studies expert, early pioneer in psychological warfare|
|Olaf Stapledon||Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Liverpool||Ambulance driver, awarded Croix de Guerre for bravery in World War I, parallel career as philosopher|
|Fritz Leiber||Bachelor's degree in philosophy from University of Chicago, grad school dropout|
|Philip K. Dick||Dropout, U.C. Berkeley|
|Cyril M. Kornbluth||Baccalaureate in some liberal art, perhaps writing, University of Chicago|
|Henry Kuttner (sometimes Lewis Padgett)||Master's degree in psychology from University of Southern California|
|Ursula K. LeGuin||B.A. in Renaissance French and Italian Literature (Radcliffe), M.A. in French (Columbia University)|
|John W. Campbell, Jr.||B.A. in physics from Duke University|
|Harlan Ellison||Expelled from Ohio State University for punching a professor for insulting his writing (according to the notoriously unreliable narrator himself), sent said professor a copy of every story he published until the poor man died|
What I got out of this:I made a small chart showing some of the award winning early science fiction authors, their educations and accomplishments. Lets compare it to some modern authors and see if we can spot a pattern:
Poul Anderson BA Physics (honors) University of Minnesota Michael Crichton BA Biological Anthropology (PBK), Doctor of Medicine Harvard Medical School Issac Asimov PhD Chemistry Columbia University Robert Heinlein Engineering Fifth in his class Annapolis Navl Academy. L Sprague de Camp Aeronautical engineering Cal Tech (BA) Stevens Institute of Technology (MS) Arthur C Clarke Mathematics and Physics Kings College London First proposed geostationary satellites for communication relays, president of the planetary society. Larry Niven BA Mathematics Washburn University Hal Clement BS Astronomy MS Chemistry Harvard, Simmons College Captain USAAF, B-24 pilot with 35 combat missions over Europe. Vernor Vinge PhD Mathematics San Diego State Professor mathematics and computer science SDSU. Ray Bradbury High School Diploma Los Angeles High School William Gibson English (BA) USB
And today we have:
Chuck Wendig English and Religion Queens University of Charlotte Arkady Martine Religious studies, Armenian studies, Comparative History University of Chicago, Oxford, Rutgers Hugo 2020 N. K. Jemisin BS Psychology, MA education. Tulane University, University of Maryland Hugo 2016,2017,2018,2020
PhD English University of Exeter. Hugo 2020 John Scalzi BA Philosophy University of Chicago Redshirts, Old Mans War Ann Leckie Music Washington University Ancillary Justice Martha Wells Anthropology Texas A&M City of bones Mur Lafferty English, MFA Chapel Hill, University of Maine Another White Wolf alum. Seanan Lynn McGuire ? ??? Star Wars/Marvel Hire.
2017 Hugo Winner
Wikipedia Bio: McGuire was born in California. She has described her interests as including "swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles." She identifies as pansexual, or bisexual, and demisexual.
Horror girls aren't even geeks, it's just an an edgy off-shoot from romance novels and movies. You have a 1 in 3 chance of seeing some variation of "fuck me daddy myers" somewhere in their writing or profiles if you look.The epitome of "trying too hard", "I am a real geek girl guise!" and "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!"
I honestly thought this was a parody for a second there.It sounds like am award winning book
Back in the Hub planet system, Emperox Grayland II consults with her Memory Room – the recorded thoughts and emotional states of every single previous emperox – in search of an unlikely solution to save the entire population of the Interdependency. She plans to break the Nohamapetan blockade of End via a predicted new “evanescent” Flow stream into the End system, while Marce Claremont, a scientific advisor and eventual secret fiancé to Grayland, discovers a possible new method for controlling the evanescent Flow streams which may allow for the transport of whole habitats to the End system, thus preventing an overburden on the planet itself.
Legit looks like a downy.Honestly looks exactly how I pictured her.
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lmao she was the one who wrote the TLJ casino novel starring this walking liver:
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(Separated at birth?)
The short of it is that a fat slug Hutt-knockoff kidnapped some alien dude's daughter so her dad could give him homoerotic messages but queen lardsack up there saves the day by buying the casino planet or some shit.
This is what bugs me about the current capitalist system we have. These big companies like P&G, Disney, Viacom, and Amazon are like hydras. There are too many heads to fight at once and they can always use one head to prop up another.One glaring problem with this kind of objective is that it's really fucking hard to do this. It's not that some people aren't willing to drop Gillette (for example), it's that it's really hard to find alternatives. To effectively go after Gillette it's necessary to drop every Procter & Gamble product ever. I even had the misfortune to find that the Russian branded razor blades I have is a brand owned by Gillette.
We need to be doing more than just boycotting, we need to be establishing our own products and brands to compete.
It just applies the rule about adding -ly to an adjective to turn it into an adverb, but to both parts of a compound word. Some writers can pull off stunts like this. Wendig isn't one of them. He can't write plain English to save his life. He should leave the fancy tricks to better writers.
I am not questioning the grammar, I am pointing out that he has the vocabulary of a preschooler and lacks any ability whatsoever to describe actions, things or people with words.It just applies the rule about adding -ly to an adjective to turn it into an adverb, but to both parts of a compound word. Some writers can pull off stunts like this. Wendig isn't one of them. He can't write plain English to save his life. He should leave the fancy tricks to better writers.
I just want to go to bat for Ray Bradbury briefly. Only a High School diploma, yeah, but a fervent autodidact that loved his public library (and despite his shadow in SF due to Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, is probably more broadly classed as a fantasy writer.) On top of that, he was usually a humble guy.
Unless you thought man would never go to the moon. Then you got a phone call.
Nah, I think the problem nowadays is that most writers want to be writers and then get drawn into this incestuous circle jerk about writing and the creative process until the whole thing is so self-referential, it's a miracle the universe hasn't imploded.Well, physically.