3.25.2005

News of Note

Michael A. Burstein has an intriguing look at what kind of language makes a bestseller. The results will underwhelm you.

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Michael Schaub of Bookslut writes:
Philip K. Dick will be posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame ["along with director-mogul Steven Spielberg, animator Ray Harryhausen, and the late artist Chesley Bonestell"--seattlepi.com] on May 6. But what the hell took them so long? Several SF authors are already members, including Isaac Asimov, Andre Norton, Ursula K. Le Guin and Samuel R. Delany. Good authors all, but did any of them have Dick's insanely high literary credibility?

Most of the writers before Dick either had more historical significance or more writing talent [yes, "insanely high[er] literary" works--albeit many of the inductees are not as insane or as known in the literary community because of Dick's high visibility thanks to Ridley Scott and movie industry], though after reviewing the list of inductees, I too wondered. Perhaps its a grabbag: You know who we forgot? With the inductees now limited to one writer, probably all inductees from here on will be head-scratchers for one reason or another.