it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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it's a love triangle. it's a dangerous deal. me you and your deathwish.

I would like to state for the record that I'm coming around to the opinion that every single moralistic argument and bombastic manifesto about what speculative fiction is or isn't, should be or shouldn't be, is so much self-important, self-aggrandizing masturbation. Especially since it all boils down to insecure ego-buttressing that amounts to, "This thing that I write is valuable and important, and not at all like that shit over there."

They're books, people. They may piss people off or enlighten or distract or (at their best) give comfort in dark times, create a sense of belonging... but when it comes down to it, they're books.

And in four hundred years, our posturing won't have any impact whatsoever on which tenth of a tenth of a percent of them are even remembered well enough to be ignored in historical lit surveys.

Fuck this for a game of soldiers. I'm going climbing.

ETA: shweta_narayan points out below that this could be read as a dismissal of all critique, and that's not at all how I intended it. What I find pointless and frustrating is the Subgenre Wars, and the endless sniffing about how Alt-History is somehow morally superior to Steampunk, or hard science fiction is somehow morally superior to sociological science fiction, or what-have-you.

I'm just done with it.

(Got Range of Ghosts imported into Scrivener today. We'll see if that makes revisions better or worse, when I start revisions.)
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