Greetings everyone. Stumbled over this website today while doing a little SF writing for fun. I was merely looking for some memory joggers for a top ten list I wanted to put in the story. No, I am not a serious author (yet?), no published works of fiction, no long manuscripts buried on my computer, though I do have a few published research papers. Was an SF fan when I was a kid, then switched to fantasy after reading a howler full of bad science. Got tired of fantasy in college and gradually moved back. But, I am a tightwad, and the price hikes of paperbacks drove me away. $2 was how much a paperback cost in 1980, but by 1990 it was $5 and kept right on going until plateauing for a while around $7 to $8. I tried switching to the used bookstore, but found them unreliable. Not only might they not have a particular book, they might not have any of a major author's books. So I quit. You don't hike prices faster than inflation and think some people won't notice, and react. With the rise of the Internet, there was plenty of other entertainment. I hear that makes me a "lapsed Catholic". So if I can't get good SF at what I feel is a fair price, then why not make up my own? Try to tackle the issues that the mainstream is ducking. What issues, you may ask? Even now, 25 years after the Internet took off, people are still figuring out what it means. Sadly, even most SF authors don't seem to get it. Embarrassing, really. That's the number one issue I have with SF. So many of you perceive self-interest in pretending that copyright is good and fair, and unconsciously or consciously write that bias into your stories. I hear Doctorow maybe gets it. I haven't taken the time to read anything of his. I trolled the authors at GenCon a couple of years ago, on the issue of copyright, and was disappointed but not surprised to find them all staunch supporters of copyright. I did not seek out their guest of honor, Mercedes Lackey, but quite unintentionally bumped into her at the end. I was wearing my Pirate Bay t-shirt, and she asked if I really understood the publishing industry. Well, yes and no. I decided to humbly say that perhaps I didn't understand it completely, and she went into a explanation of how writing involves editing, proofreading, printing, and that all costs money, and concluded that anyone who criticizes copyright without understand that is an idiot. Woo! My next major beef with SF these days is Time Travel. I'm sick of it. It's overused, and it's cheap. More on that another time, must close, no time left.