The Visionaries: 10/15/08
Robert Reed's story "The Visionaries" takes a look at the science fiction industry and his own career. It's both humorous and mind bending.
The story at first reads much like the early chapters in Stephen King's memoir On Writing with the tales of the ever-growing rejection pile. Reed's stand-in, though, finds a benefactor to purchase his first novella about a man named "Merv."
According to "The Visionaries" a small set of writers are pulled to write about someone near to them in many ways but different in a "thousand other ways." I guess this calling would explain all the Mary-Sues running around in genre fiction.
Although Reed never names names one will probably be reminded of King, Bradbury, Asimov among others.
Reed continues to be one of my favorite regulars in F&SF.
I have also reviewed these stories by Robert Reed: