I’ve been lucky enough to interview both Charlie Stross and Cory Doctorow in the last year. To celebrate their nominations for both the Hugo and Prometheus awards, here are the two interviews again for anyone who missed them. I learned a lot from doing both interviews. Charlie has an insight into what science fiction is capable of that I had never considered before, and Cory understands the new paradigm between readers and writers better than any other writer working at the moment I believe. Continue reading What makes a Hugo nominee tick?
OK, so the stand out line from the Cory Doctorow interview I am currently transcribing is that ‘If content isn’t king, then community is’.
Doctorow is a writer at the heart of a community of technologists, sci-fi fans, passionate readers and probably many other vectors. Its a community cross-section he shares with a writer like Charlie Stross. But the community a writer gathers around themself is like a unique identifier, a literary fingerprint that shares elements with many others, but can and will never be perfectly replicated.
Writers craft the ideas that communities conglomerate around. In the paleolithic that meant telling the stories that gave a small tribe some sense of self in the wilderess that surrounded them. In the internet age it means being part of many, globally distributed communities. but the job is still fundamentaly the same – tell stories that show us who we are.