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when I am not typing while the dog eats her dinner and am about to leave to bring the kids to taekwondo, but:

The reason "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" is SFF is that the first time you're reading it, you don't know if it's set in a world where If The Velociraptor From Jurassic Park Were Your Girlfriend (for instance) could be real, and it's that tension about the possibility that gives the story some of its emotional weight.

(Yes, I know the second link came after, I'm using it as an example.)

Date: 2015-06-13 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tavella
Kim Stanley Robinson's _Ridge Running_ is a mountain climbing story with one paragraph of near-future SFish stuff stuck in which could be deleted without changing the story at all. It got a Hugo short story nomination in 1985 without all this hysterical whining and bitching.

A scientist imagining how life would be different if someone was a dinosaur is far closer to the heart of SFF (which is about imagining how the world, past present or future, would be different if X was true) than that. The Puppy hysterics are because it is by a woman and anti-gaybashing, and we all know how dearly John C. Wright loves his gaybashing.
Edited Date: 2015-06-13 08:30 pm (UTC)

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