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Flight of the Vajra: Tra-Di-Shuuun Dept.

Creative innovation vs. audience alienation.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2012/09/11 10:00

I keep making this joke about how I should write an essay entitled something like "How I Read 400 Bad Fantasy [or SF] Novels In One Year." (I think one of the contributors to the Again, Dangerous Visions compilation did in fact do something like that, which is where I suspect I got the name from. Anyone who can find additional details, please send them in. My copy of A,DV went missing ages ago and I'm too cheap to replace it because I keep thinking it'll turn up on me when I clean house.)

The joke, as with many jokes, has a grain of truth to it. A big part of why I wrote Summerworld was because I'd grown so disgusted with all the reigning clich├ęs of fantasy, decided to systematically invert them, and use the alleged limitations provided by the systematic inversion as new forms of inspiration. If that sounds like a mouthful, try this: I stood the whole thing on its head and looked for what fell out of its pockets.

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