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The Key, 26 November, 2010

When I was at SFContario last weekend, I attended a panel on “Review and Criticism in the SF Field”, which gave me a lot of good ideas to apply to The Portal . . . among them (as proposed by Patrick Nielsen Hayden) creating a weekly aggregation of interesting writing about genre fiction available on the web. Hence “The Key” was born.

This idea is still in its infancy—we don’t have many links this week, and we’ll occasionally include something older because it seems worth mentioning—but we’re going to keep plugging away at it, and our readers’ recommendations will doubtless add to the mix. Elizabeth and I both contributed to this sampling, and we hope you’ll enjoy what we found.


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  1. Just a clarification: my post on canon formation is about canon in general, though I talk about SF canons in particular due to the content of my blog. But I’m more concerned with the formation of canon as a thing to discuss as being sort of pointless, since we’re always creating canon anyway. You can’t not create canon (double negation!); it’s impossible. So talking about canon as though one can do something about it is, as I tried to say, like trying to stop breathing. It can’t be done on purpose unless you actually kill yourself, which is the same thing for stopping canon formation: you have to die.

    Anywho. Thanks for the link!

    Comment by SMD | November 28, 2010

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