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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-17 18:44
Subject: The Red Book of Skiffy
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Tags:politics, publishing, writing
Back in the debacle of the OSC post, dirkcjelli asked:

Any possibility of a book of non-fiction writing on politics and society from Stross, Lake, Brin, Macleod, Banks, Brust etc, or do the details of the publishing industry (including making a living) preclude such a project?


autopope was kind enough to respond thusly:

Yes, it's commercially marginal, but if someone wants to edit it as a labour of love I'd be happy to contribute.


Rather further downthread, mwstover said:

...if y'all are serious about a volume of critical essays dealing with politics in today's updated ghetto, you should probably give Glenn [Yeffeth of BenBella Books] a call


So it occurs to me this might be worth pursuing in my copious spare time. I've got an iron clad rule against including myself in fiction editing projects, but I might be willing to edit this as a non-fiction effort. Unfortunately, I don't know these folks, other than the inestimable autopope. So I'm curious, who would you like to see in such a collection of essays and rants? Besides (presumably), me and autopope, along with the aforementioned messers Brin, Macleod, Banks and Brust, should they be interested in the concept.
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hijhinckx
User: hijhinckx
Date: 2007-04-18 05:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Each author writes an essay; today's topic: "Writing SF allows you to explore concepts of different political and social systems. Explain how this has affected your personal views on politics and/or society."

You will be graded strictly on composition and grammar. ;-)
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2007-04-18 02:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
BOO YAH!

I mean, sure. I'd pay a few bucks for that. :)
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User: hkneale
Date: 2007-04-18 02:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Possibly a few of those who generally aren't vocal about their political leanings? Just because people don't share their views doesn't mean they don't have them.

It's the silent ones ya gotta worry about.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2007-04-18 02:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jerry Pournelle. David Drake. China Mieville.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2007-04-18 03:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd publish buy that!
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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2007-04-18 04:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd buy that one ;>. I'd love to see John Varley as well :>.
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tobias_buckell
User: tobias_buckell
Date: 2007-04-18 05:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's a really cool idea, Jay.
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2007-04-18 07:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can pitch for you at Iain and Ken. I can also dig up China Mieville's and Jon Courtney Grimwood's contact info if you want more Brits of a political disposition.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-19 01:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That would be excellent. On all counts.
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2007-04-18 08:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will Shetterly. Tell him I sent you. He might be willing to introduce you to Brust, too.

Chip Delany. No, I don't know him, but it can't hurt to ask.

And you officially co-edited Brin, even if I did the actual editing, so he should at least know your name.

I note that apart from "any of the Making Light crew", which would include tnh, no one's suggested any women, which seems like an unfortunate oversight and also like asking for trouble. Some possibilities: ktempest, Eleanor Arnason, Nalo Hopkinson, Gwyneth Jones, papersky. Gotta be more.
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Doctor Pipe
User: dr_pipe
Date: 2007-04-19 19:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Chip being Samuel, I assume? I wasn't aware of the nickname but that would be totally awesome to have him in there!
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Doctor Pipe
User: dr_pipe
Date: 2007-04-19 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, as for women, would Octavia Butler be a possibility?
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Doctor Pipe
User: dr_pipe
Date: 2007-04-19 19:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
drat, I guess not. Until we perfect retroactive uploading, at any rate.
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2007-04-20 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Er... apart from her being dead?
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2007-04-20 14:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(Sorry. Danger of using the reply form in the email notification...)
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User: eljaydaly
Date: 2007-04-18 08:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Scalzi. And I second Nalo Hopkinson.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-04-18 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd happily contribute for free to such a project.
JV
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