[LMB] Heinlein

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sat Oct 9 22:52:16 BST 2021


I remember seeing a documentary about the arts on China. The big new play was titled, “Red guards ride to Beijing to see Chairman Mao.”

William A Wenrich

  *    A sinner, utterly dependent on God’s grace.

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Subject: Re: [LMB] Heinlein

Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold wrote:

> Back in the day, many non-US SF writers had to do their best to write
> American characters in American settings because that was where the
> market was.  Hence perhaps the previous poster's mistake.


It's easy to set a story in one's own culture.

It's much harder to set a story in a culture known only from reading
books on that culture.

Which is, I suppose, why so much fiction on Japan and China* is such a
dreary mess.

*I thought the military adventure set in China that had the male hero
constantly wearing a woman's dress during combat to be particularly
risible.
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