(urth) This Week in Google Alerts: Home Fires

Antonin Scriabin kierkegaurdian at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 08:31:31 PDT 2012

I think critiquing the book for not having social networking is incredibly
silly.  Science fiction authors are in the business of going out on a limb
to tell a story; they routinely break the rules, and generally are free to
create their worlds however they see fit.  It is petty and close-minded to
begrudge the exclusion of Twitter.  How can this not be a troll?

On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM, Matthew Knight <jacobeiserman at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at yahoo.com>wrote:
>> This reactive "everything must be sound and free from all
>> stereotyping/common fears relating to a belief system so that no one may be
>> offended" makes for some bland, boring, and uninteresting fiction.
> That's not my position, at least--as I said earlier, I think Wolfe is a
> good enough writer that you don't need to agree with his political leanings
> (which are generally understated, and much more complex than bald
> conservatism) to appreciate him.  But while I often come across statements
> that disagree with me almost on a visceral level in my reading, this is the
> first time in a while that it's happened with a writer that I love and
> respect as much as Wolfe.  And when it's something like this, which
> connects with my daily life, it is hard to bracket myself out of the
> equation.  I doubt I'm the only one in this position.  Whatever...I'm still
> enjoying the book.
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