Monday, February 27, 2012
Glory and Majesty
So it's been an interesting week. First came the news that writer Ferrett Steinmetz has a story up for a Nebula. Here it is -- Sauerkraut Station. This was good news to me, because I've worked with Ferrett a few times before, and feel a particular affinity for his work. He's different than most genre writers in that every story I've seen by him was centered on a deeply felt emotional question, and that's the kind of thing that gets my attention. If you look to your right and scroll down, you'll find a list of the most popular posts on this blog; the fourth is called Notes To A Fellow Writer. The fellow writer was Ferrett. This makes it a particular pleasure to bask in his glory. It's nice to know my advice won't actually hinder a person so badly they can't recover from it.
I had a taste of glory my own self. Check it out -- I was interviewed on Scientific American's Symbiartic blog. Scientific American, motherfuckers. (My photo was taken by my pal Deborah Kuchar, by the way.)
My grandmother got me a subscription to this every year when I was a kid, back when it was an appalling terminological pissing contest decorated with Mathematical Games and The Amateur Scientist. I could struggle through life sciences or geological stuff, but most of it went way over my head at the time... Still, there's a real sentimental attachment to the institution. This is like getting into The New Yorker.
It feels weird. My interview is kind of puffed-up and starchy, and there's a humiliatingly obvious boy/girl division between me and the other artist, but still, I don't think it comes across as some kind of mistake, or gross breach of propriety that I and my work are there. Hell, the work looks eerily convincing. It feels weird.
I still don't really believe it.