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Alex
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 03:29 pm:   

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1507718,00.html

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 06:04 pm:   

I saw that.
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gary gibson
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 04:14 am:   

Was there or wasn't there some point at which she was actively saying Oryx *wasn't* science fiction, though? Whether or not she's changed her mind, it's a nice article. It'd be interesting to know what she thought of the genre response to the whole 'squids in space' debacle.
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StephenB
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 08:48 am:   

I remember that interview where she talked about her upcoming books, one which was speculative, one western, and one horror. I always thought she was being ironic with her comments. I don't think she really thought science fiction was all squids in space. She's known for her dry humor.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 08:53 am:   

A lot of sf people took it seriously.
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StephenB
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 08:59 am:   

I know. I remember pointing out to people that it's likely she was just being ironic and not to take it so seriously.
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gary gibson
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:33 am:   

Which is good to know, Stephen, and a fair point. It's just that a lot of us hear similar statements from lit snobs without the faintest trace of irony from time to time. Sometimes it puts you on a hair trigger when it comes to how you initially respond.

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