Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pyramid, by Nancy Kress

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(Allegory) Young people enter the pyramid on the first floor, but although the parties are great, they aspire to ascend. (1,869 words; Time: 06m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"Pyramid," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in Now We Are Ten (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Obviously the pyramid is science fiction writing, and the occupants are writers. Perhaps the first two floors are for people who read but don't actually write while floors three and four are for folks who write but never sell anything.

Five is described as being for people with a single successful effort, while six is for those with more than one (presumably meaning "professional sale of a novel.") Outsiders are presumably people who were already famous (e.g. in other genres) before they wrote any SF.

Seven is presumably where best-seller writers go (for a time measured in weeks), and from which most return to six.

Eight is probably people who actually make a comfortable living from their writing.

Nine is famous living writers, while ten is famous dead ones.

Con: It's not a story.

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