Writers of the Future: 06/12/11
In the far future when the Earth is no more and paper books are no more and the bandwidth for reading is sucked up to the point that people have to wait in line for their turn to experience the next immersive story line, fans will still be fans and authors won't always know how to react to them just as today. That's the basis of the ">Writers of the Future" by Charles Oberndorf.
The story is told over the course of this fan's life and how he grows from being a reader to a writer. Most of the time while I was reading the story I was thinking about my own reading experiences, both as a fan and as a reader.
How immersive and interactive should fiction be? That's a debate on the sidelines right now especially with books being linked to websites. I don't think things will turn out as dire as envisioned in "Writers of the Future" but it's still a thought provoking story.