RE: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!

Subject: RE: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:13:27 -0500

The difference is that some of today's best (or most engaging... if there's a difference) SF might achieve the enduring status of mythology, but I'm pretty sure that none of my technical /f/i/c/t/i/o/n/ writing is going to last beyond next year.

Mythology = fiction of the past about the past
SF = fiction of the now about the (mythical?) future

I guess the other real difference (and the one that makes mythology more like techwriting, I suppose) is that when it was first composed, mythology thought to describe something that was supposed to have existence outside people's heads (in 'real' life)... but turned out to be fiction.

Comparing that to SF and to techwriting - SF _admits_ that it's fiction, right away. Ahem.

OMG! That means, techwriting is... <see earlier posts - fill in own conclusions>

- Kevin

From: voxwoman [mailto:voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 3:50 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: Kat Kuvinka; john -at- garisons -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!

I thought my science fiction background was my particular leg up (and I actually took a class in SF in the English Department at my university). A background in science AND fiction is the perfect combination for writing about software under development.

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:32 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com<mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>> wrote:
Kat Kuvinka suggested:
> >
> > Software systems don't really exist ... sure, everyone SAYS
> they're zeroes
> > and ones on a whirling magnetic disc, but has anyone ever SEEN it?
> >
> Perhaps theology is the best background!

Theology/mythology.... same-same... possibly the department has a different name, but...

- Kevin (the debbil made me do it)

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RE: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!: From: john
RE: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: We're Number 13! We're Number 13!: From: voxwoman

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