Lately I’ve noticed a meme going around spec fiction writer’s groups and conventions. “Isaac Asimov couldn’t get published today.” “Don’t model yourself after Asimov.” “Isaac Asimov was a bad writer.” Sometimes I hear this from the same authors who cite Asimov as one of the authors who got them interested in science fiction in the first place.
Yes, Asimov does not craft words as well as Bradbury (an author who does seem to be making the transition from genre to canon). No, he’s not as much of a page turner as Heinlein. And yes, his characters sometimes read flat compared to characters in more modern fiction. Certainly, like most authors of his generation he overly focused on men (with the really notable exception of Susan Calvin). Nonetheless Asimov did one thing really, really well. Better than probably 99% of pro authors writing today, and that is ideas.
Crossed Genres has published Ants on a Trestle, my latest hard SF short story in their 2065 themed issue. 50 years from now we can get anywhere on the planet in a couple of hours, but we still can’t keep the Argentine Ant out of anywhere it wants to go. I fudged the biology a bit in this story, but the engineering and physics described is very, very real.
The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide 2016 is now kickstarting. $20 gets you a DRM free epub including my story “Blood Test” and a paperback donation to the school of your choice. Coyotes, little sisters, and a heptathlon in New Mexico. What could go wrong?
I like conventions. I like book conventions. I love book conventions that don’t require long distance travel and hotel. But on the other hand:
BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Consumers and brands will experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.