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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Wednesday March 31, 2004. "Yes, your idea has been used -- probably at least twenty years before you think it possibly could have been. No, I don't have to hear what the idea is before saying that."

I see aspiring sf writers asking "Has this idea been used?". I answer with some gentler, more polite version of the above.

[There are, of course, ideas which become obsolete. "If everyone has genius-level intelligence, who's going to operate elevators?" "Doom came to mankind on New Year's Day, 2000 AD." And some really do become overused -- though "The last two people on Earth are named Adam and Eve" does get into print every now and then.]

The idea of readily available easy sex changes wasn't new when John Varley started his Eight Worlds series in the 1970s. H.L. Gold had used it in 1953 in "No Charge For Alterations." But Varley used the idea very differently than Gold had.

The equivalent fantasy-writing question seems to be "Has this legend been used?" And I don't think that matters much, either. There may be people who say "I've read a book based on the Arthurian legends, and I see no possible reason to ever read another one." But stories based on the Matter of Britain -- or "Tam Lin" or "Thomas the Rhymer" -- continue to be published, and sometimes sell well enough to be reprinted or republished.

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