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January 13th, 2011

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08:08 am - #2, 3
Over the last couple of days, I've finished reading two books.

The first was written by Algis Budrys, and is called Writing to the Point: A Complete Guide to Selling Fiction, which has some good points about story construction, and manuscript preparation in it. It's a very small book and a quick read.

Another quick read which I got out of the library was The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, which is a short novel about QEII finding a mobile library while she was out recapturing her dogs. The Queen borrows a book, and starts in on reading in wholesale fashion, and the book describes what happens next. Humorous.

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Date:January 14th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
I really liked Budrys's Rogue Moon and wanted to like his Michaelmas (a globe-trotting reporter has an AI-computer named Domino to help him with his legwork and point him in the direction of the next big story), but I think I was just a little too young when I read it to fully appreciate it. I should re-read it some day, and read The Falling Torch and Who? while I'm at it.

I've read a couple of his other books, but they were just "meh." (The only other title I can recall off-hand is The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn.)

Budrys was supposed to be a hot-zot editor back in the day, and I guess he was an influential early pro contact for Harlan Ellison, based on Ellison's introduction to the story that they co-wrote, "Wonderbird," collected in Partners in Wonder. It should probably come as no surprise that, even at the time of PiW's publication, 1971, Ellison and "Ayjay," as he refers to Budrys, had fallen out and drifted apart.
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Date:January 14th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Ellison falling out with someone? Say it ain't so!
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco...

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