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Curse Malet St Waterstones and their remainders sales of doom... I was on the way back from lunch and TCR Barclays and I thought I'd just nip in and take a look, and I've come out clutching Andrew Marr's My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism and something called A Brief History of the Human Race by somebody named Michael Cook, which looks jolly interesting and has a terribly complimentary bit of blurb by a friend of mine on the back, which encouraged me to give it a go.

I do like Andrew Marr. He's intelligent and witty and enjoys the arrant absurdity of it all in a rather Jon Snow-like manner. [livejournal.com profile] miss_wonderly was saying to me the other day that he's actually quite attractive, really, which had never struck me before, but I sort of see where she's coming from. He has a lot of charm.

As I walked along Malet St I passed three or four separate people who were gazing horrifiedly at RADA. I had a look, too, obviously, but I couldn't see any nightmarish horrors or lurking terrorists or really anything out of the ordinary at all. I do hope nothing bad happens, though: there's a jolly nice little cafe in there which I'd hate to see blown to smithereens, or collapsing under its own weight or something, even though there are far too many pictures of eerily good-looking and perfect past and present RADA students on the walls and one emerges feeling like a hideous, shrivelled and mis-shapen troll.
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Is there an Infest bus from London this year, does anyone know? I'm trying to get organised as early as poss this time. M-O-O-N, that spells 'organisation', that does. Lawks, yes.

I spent a few minutes earlier completing [livejournal.com profile] fjm's Questionnaire on children's science fiction. This is none of your lj questionnaire tomfoolery, but real gen-u-ine academic research for an actual purpose. It will take hardly any time at all, so if you have even the slightest interest, do please go and complete and return it! I'm sure Farah will be jolly grateful, and you'll have that warm glow of Being Consulted.

Doing the questionnaire made me think a little about my own reading habits. I would not by any stretch of the imagination term myself a genre SF reader. I will happily read science fiction, but wouldn't go out of my way to read it qua science fiction. Also, many of the best science fiction books that I have read are maybe not often thought of primarily as science fiction: I'm thinking, for instance, Brave New World or 1984. Can I even squeeze Gulliver's Travels in, or is that too much like special pleading for what is more properly Utopian literature than sf as such?

What I wonder, though, is: does this just demonstrate that I'm horrendously prejudiced against science fiction? Do I prefer to see Neuromancer as an interesting permutation on hard-boiled detective fiction a la Chandler rather than as sf because I'm just plain bigoted? Or do the really good works of any genre trascend that genre?

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