October 18th, 2004


Dead Authors

Bookslut points out a Dead Authors Party in Chicago. If you had to go as your favorite dead author, who would it be?

When scottjames asked me this, I told him Judith Merril, not because she's my absolute favorite of all dead authors, but because I feel a certain affinity for her and also because I would do a better job as her than as most of the other dead SF or fantasy writers. Almost no one ever mistakes me for Asimov or Tolkien or anybody at all like that.

I like plenty of dead non-speculative writers, but somehow they all feel wrong in my head. Dorothy Sayers comes the closest, but still no.