Monday, December 20, 2004

Mundane meme gains ground

Posted by Trent Walters at 10:59 PM
There's some discussion at the Dragon Page with Cheryl Morgan. Three cheers for the insight of Evo Terra. (Evo djs a radio talk show out of Phoenix, Arizona.)

I hate to spoil nuances or subtleties of language even when misreading stirs up needless controversy, but then I also hate to leave people feeling misguided. A selection for careful reading:
We also recognize...

...the harmless fun that these and all the other Stupidities have brought to millions of people.

...the harmless fun that burning the Stupidities will bring to millions of people.

...the imaginative challenge that awaits any SF author who accepts that this is it: Earth is all we have.

The Mundanes Promise...

...not to let Mundanity cramp their style if they want to write like Edgar Rice Burroughs as well. burn this manifesto as soon as it gets boring.

Granted, tone is difficult to grasp fully, but it's essential in cases like this. To find our true intent, the manifesto must be incorporated into a whole philosophy, not focus on any one part, which can distort perception unless it is understood as part of the whole. (Morgan has won the Hugo's fan award for best website, Emerald City--great comprehensiveness. Occasionally, she stirs up a little controversy over her interpretations of various works, but it's nice to see people digging deeper into texts, and who doesn't stir up controversy when you take a chance on digging deeper? So long as there's evidence to support it, and the whole doesn't contradict, the interpretation can stand. I'll enclose a link on the sidebar to this and Dragon Page.)

Cyber-nano says, "looks interesting."

Tevis has an interesting web of ideas, connecting up a personal experience to a Mundane one:
Star Trek: Enterprise began this season with the crew being sucked into an altered version of Earth’s past where Nazis were assisted by lizard-like aliens. It was so ridiculous I almost vowed to never watch another episode. And I’m a Star Trek apologist! However, I was delighted to hear about a manifesto that could influence sci-fi in much the same way that Dogme 95 influenced film.

It's exciting to see the ideas catch on. ¡Viva el futuro!