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Subject: RE: (urth) Wintry thoughts on Wolfe
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 16:09:44 -0700
From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

A couple of days ago, Mantis wrote:

> It would be easier (or should that be "possible"?) to=20
> approach this if I had some examples of a few authors inside=20
> and outside of genre who write fiction about love (monolithic=20
> or otherwise).  Fictions that you find convincing.

Really, I'm surprised nobody's mentioned either of the=20
obvious in-genre examples:

Sturgeon. Almost anything after about 1950 by Sturgeon.

But even more:=20

Le Guin. Especially TEHANU, but lots of her other stuff too=20
-- even LEFT HAND is, in an oblique way, a love story; and=20
there's a powerful love story driving THE DISPOSSESSED. In=20
fact, her fiction is in many ways a better example than=20
Sturgeon's, because Sturgeon was so busy analyzing and=20
dissecting love that, at times, the actual portrayal suffered;=20
plus, he was busy with "variations on the theme," while Le=20
Guin simply writes about people and those people sometimes=20
love each other.

(I find myself thinking "Surely Connie Willis," but, oddly,=20
I honestly can't think of a good example -- and ditto for
Octavia Estelle Butler.)



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