May 22nd, 2009

When I was a teen, I was in love with SE Hinton

For one thing, I totally bought into the publisher’s little trick of using initials and never using “he” or “she” on the dust jacket. This was also before the Internet. Heck, it was before computers.

It was a special pleasure for me to read this interview with SE Hinton on Nathan Bransford’s bog (which is well worth a read, anyway). She talks about why she wrote The Outsiders: “There wasn't anything realistic for teenagers to read back then; I was through with the horse books, not ready for a lot of adult books, couldn't stand the "Mary Sue Goes To the Prom" books, so one of the main reasons why I wrote it was to read it. Also, I loved to write, and had been writing since grade school, and I was angry about the social divisions in my very large high school (Will Rogers High).” You can read more here.



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Reality Meet Fiction: Homeland Security consults with sci-fi authors

The Washington Post had a fascinating article about sci-fi authors who consult with government. " Andrews founded an organization of sci-fi writers to offer imaginative services in return for travel expenses only. Called Sigma, the group has about 40 writers. Over the years, members have addressed meetings organized by the Department of Energy, the Army, Air Force, NATO and other agencies they care not to name. At first, "to pass the Beltway giggle-factor test," Andrews recruited only sci-fi writers who had conventional science or engineering chops on their résumés. Now about a third of the writers have PhDs."

You can read more here.



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