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AnOminous

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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:
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.

E.E. "Doc" SmithPh.D. in chemical engineering (George Washington University?)Food science expert
Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger)Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins UniversityU.S. Army officer, East Asia Studies expert, early pioneer in psychological warfare
Olaf StapledonPh.D. in philosophy from the University of LiverpoolAmbulance driver, awarded Croix de Guerre for bravery in World War I, parallel career as philosopher
Fritz LeiberBachelor's degree in philosophy from University of Chicago, grad school dropout
Philip K. DickDropout, U.C. Berkeley
Cyril M. KornbluthBaccalaureate 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. LeGuinB.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 EllisonExpelled 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
 

Doctor Placebo

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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 AndersonBA Physics (honors)University of Minnesota
Michael CrichtonBA Biological Anthropology (PBK), Doctor of MedicineHarvard Medical School
Issac AsimovPhD ChemistryColumbia University
Robert HeinleinEngineeringFifth in his class Annapolis Navl Academy.
L Sprague de CampAeronautical engineeringCal Tech (BA) Stevens Institute of Technology (MS)
Arthur C ClarkeMathematics and PhysicsKings College LondonFirst proposed geostationary satellites for communication relays, president of the planetary society.
Larry NivenBA MathematicsWashburn University
Hal ClementBS Astronomy MS ChemistryHarvard, Simmons CollegeCaptain USAAF, B-24 pilot with 35 combat missions over Europe.
Vernor VingePhD MathematicsSan Diego StateProfessor mathematics and computer science SDSU.
Ray BradburyHigh School DiplomaLos Angeles High School
William GibsonEnglish (BA)USB

And today we have:

Chuck WendigEnglish and ReligionQueens University of Charlotte
Arkady MartineReligious studies, Armenian studies, Comparative HistoryUniversity of Chicago, Oxford, RutgersHugo 2020
N. K. JemisinBS Psychology, MA education.Tulane University, University of MarylandHugo 2016,2017,2018,2020

Amal El-Mohtar
PhD EnglishUniversity of Exeter.Hugo 2020
John ScalziBA Philosophy University of ChicagoRedshirts, Old Mans War
Ann LeckieMusicWashington UniversityAncillary Justice
Martha WellsAnthropologyTexas A&MCity of bones
Mur LaffertyEnglish, MFAChapel Hill, University of MaineAnother 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."[7] She identifies as pansexual,[8] or bisexual,[9] and demisexual.[10]
What I got out of this:
>Cuck is an English and Religion major but can't write English above an elementary school level and is probably not religious.
>The liberal arts were a mistake.
 

AnimeGirlConnoisseur

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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.
I honestly thought this was a parody for a second there.
 

Chan the Wizard

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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.
Legit looks like a downy.
 

AnimeGirlConnoisseur

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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.
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.
 

The Shadow

Edgy two gun mystery man
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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.
 

AnOminous

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>studied english
>"herkily-jerkily"


fml. I should have become a writer.
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.
 

RomanesEuntDomus

Choke on these nuts
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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.
 

Wesley Willis

Rock over London, Burn down Chicago!
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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.

Bradbury and PK Dick are among the least formally educated, and as a result, the most brilliant of them all. No mind rot from the system. Total iconoclasts.
 

Flexo

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Well, physically.
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.

I absolutely agree with my buddy that if you want to be writer - get a day job first and actually go live life. Learn about the world as it is. The actual construction of stories is not that hard and can be picked up pretty easy. Hell, you can practice just by talking about your day. Judging the audience's (friends and family) reaction in real time will help you learn better than any classroom.

Fuck, some of the greats of the western canon were done by unlearned amateurs. Not only can you do it, but if you've actually experienced the world, you'll definitely be a better writer than Wendig.

(Even if you've got the creativity of a charter accountant, there is still need for writers of records, facts, history, etc.)