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 karne ( 1st Mar 2003, 12:30, Rank: GSV )  reply

Stretch the reader's mind whilst entertaining them. I've always seen that as one of main goals of science fiction (vs sci-fi which is only focused on entertainment). Mary Gentle is a VERY good writer - and one of the reasons I like her work so much is that she does not make it easy for you. I find it far more fullfilling and meaningful to be guided into working things out on my own rather than just be fed them parrot fashion (isn't that the point of learning from a teacher as opposed to a book?). Sorry if that sounds pretenous ];=8) but I'd rank R&G as some of the most elegant SF/fantasy that I've read.

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 karne ( 3rd Mar 2003, 10:13, Rank: GSV )  reply

A good science fiction story is not a "good story" with a polite whiff of rocket fuel in it. A good science fiction story is something that knows it is science fiction and plunges through that and comes roaring out of the other side. - Bruce Sterling
but it appears no one want to play this game so I'll shut up now..

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 John Kirk ( 4th Mar 2003, 16:35, Rank: Patrician )  reply

I guess the issue is whether the rewards you get from understanding the full story are worth the effort that you expend. For instance, in "The Furies" (Sandman spinoff), there's some Greek dialogue near the end which isn't translated. I thought that was a nice touch, but on the other hand I did a GCSE in Ancient Greek, and I have a lexicon on my bookshelf. What did you (Michael) make of that when you read it?

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