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Young People Read Old SFF: View From a Height by Joan D. Vinge

Young People Read Old SFF: View From a Height by Joan D. Vinge

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It's interesting how some fiction I read when I was a teen still resonates, while others have definitely been visited by the suck fairy. Piers Anthony comes to mind, I missed all the 'ick' the first time. And my ability to appreciate more sophisticated writing has increased. It might just be me, but I feel like we have more Bradbury's and Vonnegut's than what was published in the past.

It's also interesting how some authors grow as writers over time, and some, like Athena from Zeus head, seem to spring into existence as powerhouse writers.

I don't recall, James -- did you vet your young readers to see what type of SF/F they DID read/watch?

That's an interesting question.

One does not read SF, the rest are familiar with recent F&SF.

I remember that cover; it was while I had a subscription

To be fair, everyone from Scientific American to Chip Delany was milking that cow.

Can't quite recall what that was about: like chaos theory but with more explosions? :)

It's the topological theory of cusps and discontinuities in a function of multiple variables, basically. Pop-culturally it was treated a lot like chaos theory, as this thing that supposedly had vast untapped relevance in every human endeavor and particularly in the social and psychological sciences. The name was a great hook.

When Analog decided to do a special Woman’s Issue (only about half of which was by men)...

[*head explodes*]

Edited at 2017-03-17 02:09 am (UTC)

Yeah, I wondered about that too. Did the men's stories included at least feature female protagonists and/or (attempted) feminist themes?

I think that proportion is wrong. It was the June 1977 issue, and I have it in front of me. All the stories but one were by women, the guest editorial was by a woman and the book reviews were by a woman. The one exception was that there was an ongoing serial so there was an instalment of that. After the Festival by George R.R. Martin (which was Dying of the Light in book form). Whatever happened to him? That went from page 124 to page 168 in a 178 page issue.

Mind you, only one of the stories was illustrated by a woman. Janet Aulisio illustrated The Screwfly Solution by Racoona Sheldon (aka James Tiptree), a story I remember being very powerful when I first read it all those years ago.

Wow, a "women's issue" where one of the women was actually a pen name of an identified-as-male writer.

(Yes, I know about Alice.)

Whereas, when I read that story, I didn't realise it was Tiptree, who I had started reading by then. I think she was "outed" the previous year, but I didn't connect the name.

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