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Thursday, October 26, 2006

From Wired magazine: Very Short SF Stories, in keeping with Hemingway's "For sale: baby shoes, never worn".

What, Wolfe wasn't asked to write a 6 word story?

Feel free to leave six word stories as if written by Wolfe in the comments. A no-prize to the best one!

It reminds me of Larry Niven's 'Shortest SF story'
There are some things man was not meant to know.
But I really like Alan Moore's story
Machine. Unexpectedly, I've invented a time

posted by pduggie 9:45 AM | leave a comment |

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Death of Doctor Island is a film from 2003 based on the short story that is almost complete.

Not sure when the release is planned.

In an interview from SF Weekly #253 Wolfe is asked:
How does that make you feel when you write something you think is special and it gets ignored for the most part?

Wolfe: If it's a short story you expect it. Writing short stories is like ... I think I'm borrowing this from Ray Lafferty, tossing rose petals into the Grand Canyon and then listening for the thud when they hit bottom. You learn to expect that. Once in a rare while, somebody writes you 20 years later and says, "Oh, you know that wonderful story that you wrote," either "I have just discovered it and I think it's tremendous," or "I read it 20 years ago and it has stayed with me ever since," or something like that. Then you feel very, very good, but you don't expect that stuff to happen. You know that it generally won't happen. I wrote a little story called "The Death of the Island Doctor," which I like a lot, and nobody has paid the least attention to it ever.
Death of Doctor Island is not that story, though...

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We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life--they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.
The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe.


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