Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)


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Every time the human species has looked as if it might break its current bounds, might not just approach the limit but possibly, just possibly, be able to peer beyond it, there’s been a Hell-bringer waiting ready to bring an iron-soled boot stamping down to crush the groping fingers of the venture . . . . For all of the universe’s countless species, there will always be that stamping boot.

I’d forgotten all about this: my appreciation of ‘Q’ by John Grant for Dave Schwartz’s ED SF project.

Written by Martin

25 January 2010 at 10:27

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. It’d be nice if there was a link to where we could read this (i.e. what it’s been collected in).

    Andrew Ducker

    25 January 2010 at 12:58

  2. Alas, the whole reason for the ED SF project was that the Sci-Fi Channel pulled the plug on Sci Fiction, the home of all these stories. It used to be up as an archive but I think the name change of the channel to Sy Fy last year finally put an end to this.


    25 January 2010 at 13:09

  3. Thanks, Marco, I’ve edited the post.


    25 January 2010 at 14:38

  4. “Political fiction gets a bad rap, and political science fiction even more so. Readers hate to be preached to and are hyper- (even over-) sensitive to any sign of this most hated of authorial habits. If a story must be political then at least the writer could have the good grace to disguise it through allegory or the like.”

    I could quote this a thousand times over. What I find particularly weird is how much trouble readers have separating a character’s politics or a plot’s political fictions from the politics of the author.

    Sure sometimes there are the tirades disguised as fiction or the explicit philosophizing here and there but sometimes I see readers retroactively grafting an author’s espoused ideals back onto their prose to form some kind of critique.

    God forbid an author’s politics should happen not to jive with a reader’s. And don’t even get me started on religious beliefs. Yeuch.

    Casey Samulski

    26 January 2010 at 04:07

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