One hard-won rule about fandom: never, ever meet the wizard

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Never, ever meet the wizard.

“Too late”, my bartender said.


FACT: Cory Doctorow is 18 inches tall and always intended the sadistic authoritarian DHS officer Carrie Johnstone to be the central protagonist of Little Brother.


Hmm. The headline appears to set up a cautionary tale about meeting the wizard, but the article appears to suggest that meeting the wizard can end favorably.

Gaiman had a neat little blurb on the subject, reprinted in “The View from the Cheap Seats”.


Great blurb from Gaiman. I’d never seen that. It reads well along his piece on where he gets his ideas (though he is a wee bit defensive about dreams if you ask me):
Where do you Get your ideas?

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I’m also reminded of something he talked about more recently: Impostor Syndrome.

She would be expanding the universe of her Riverside novels by working with Serial Box, a new publisher that wanted to be “HBO for readers,” producing serialized fiction in a structure and environment modeled on how TV writers’ rooms produce season-based narratives.

Because what readers have been saying about books is “Gee, these are nice, but isn’t it annoying that they are written by a consistent author with an unique voice? Wouldn’t it be great if they were written by a semi-anonymous committee like the great writing we get on TV?”


hmm… I don’t have a ton of experience with it, but I once went to a Terry Pratchett book signing at a small bookshop around here where he spoke for a good hour before hand, and found him to be a wonderful person to listen to and meet… of course, I suppose at events like this, authors are still “on stage”


reminds me of when i met cory and told him i’d been reading boing boing for half my life (I’m almost 30) - thought he’d be impressed, instead he was horrified at his own age… ¯_(ツ)_/¯


bOINGbOING has been around for nearly thirty years. You could be almost 60 and have read bOINGbOING for nearly half your life.

Yep, I can definitely confirm this. Met a very famous fantasy author, listened to their interpretations of some other very famous fantasy works, and I was appalled by how incomplete and without nuance their interpretations were to the point in which I questioned whether he’d actually paid attention to the books at all.

And this is coming from a person who isn’t actually all that into fantasy, and who has only a passing interest in the books in question.

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