SPOILER for _Dragon_...what's up with Vlad, again?

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Tue Feb 11 12:27:39 PST 2003

On Tue, 11 Feb 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:

>> > Most everything has been *done*.  The question is whether it
>> > can done differently and whether it can be done well.
>>Don't be so defensive.  I wasn't suggesting you give up your
>>ambitions, just pointing out a similar work.
>I apologize for the snappish reply.  You just hit on a pet peeve of
>mine.  I don't know how many SF discussions I've seen that have
>gotten derailed because someone accused author X of being unoriginal
>because the idea was originally thought up by author Y. 

Amusingly enough, it was pointed out to DKM that certain plot elements
in that same book, "The Last Dancer", had already been done.
Specifically: that someone from a highly technologically advanced race
is frozen in a stasis field for many millenia, which is "opened" in
the near future.  He had forgotten reading Niven's "World of Ptaavs",
but he says he winced when he re-read it, and found the things that he
had put in his own story.

 "There is nothing new under the sun."
       -- Ecclesiastes 1:9

 "Genre fiction, as Terry Pratchett has pointed out, is a stew. You
  take stuff out of the pot, you put stuff back. The stew bubbles on."
   -- Neil Gaiman, trying to counter the notion that Harry Potter is a
      "rip" of his own "Books of Magic" graphic novel.