META/PRECOG/HCC: Re: High concept 17 theme

Scott Eiler seiler at
Wed Feb 2 17:34:28 PST 2011

Saxon Brenton wrote:

> So: by the power of 'Attention Defici... Ooh Shiny!' I declare the theme
> for High Concept Challenge 17 to be: zombies!

I was about to get all snooty and say, my story's too *important* to take
time for zombies.  But I would be wrong!  For one thing, *no* story is too
important to take time for zombies.  For another, I already have a story
that did that. Even during "The Earth is a Deathtrap", the Vice-President
took time out from the ecological collapse of the Earth to hear a briefing
on a zombie internment camp!

So, thanks for reminding me of that dangling plot thread.  It's going to
be relevant, and I'm going to have to address it soon if I want to have
HCC contest fun.

This does lead me to a meta-discussion:  The story for this challenge will
be Superhuman World 2011.  But I'm not giving up on Superhuman World 2010
yet. Shall I finally abandon tags such as SW10 and SW11, and just call it

(signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> -------- ---------

Only their myths concerned peace and contentment, and that in such a
coercive, sullen package it was obvious that the Earth humans resented
the very idea.

- from "Passing" by Elaine Radford, Aboriginal SF, May/June 1987.

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