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  1. author: M. John Harrison
  2. content: "Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing\
  3. \ over worldbuilding.\r\n\r\nWorldbuilding is dull. Worldbuilding literalises the\
  4. \ urge to invent. Worldbuilding gives an unneccessary permission for acts of writing\
  5. \ (indeed, for acts of reading). Worldbuilding numbs the reader's ability to fulfil\
  6. \ their part of the bargain, because it believes that it has to do everything around\
  7. \ here if anything is going to get done.\r\n\r\nAbove all, worldbuilding is not\
  8. \ technically neccessary. It is the great clomping foot of nerdism. It is the attempt\
  9. \ to exhaustively survey a place that isn't there. A good writer would never try\
  10. \ to do that, even with a place that is there. It isn't possible, & if it was the\
  11. \ results wouldn't be readable: they would constitute not a book but the biggest\
  12. \ library ever built, a hallowed place of dedication & lifelong study. This gives\
  13. \ us a clue to the psychological type of the worldbuilder & the worldbuilder's victim,\
  14. \ & makes us very afraid."
  15. id: 06de5337-b1e2-43db-8ae6-5fe8f908b3d1