Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Kim Newman on PJF
Here are some things I got from PJ Farmer:
... that it's all right to make up stories about whatever you happen to be interested in—pulp heroes, zeppelins, weird sex, 19th century fringe history—and hope enough readers out there will either share your interests or come to them through the story.
... that it's not enough to just pastiche earlier works—if you borrow a character or a plot or a setting, you have to put a spin on it, engage with the original work in some critical, almost adversarial way.
... that you can use real people as viewpoint characters, and even be quite rude about them, so long as you inhabit them as much as fictional creations.
... there's no such thing as useless information. Everything you know can be used.
... science fiction characters can have sex lives. And senses of humour.
... what a Psyche knot is.
... you can tie all your books and stories and even non-fiction together without imposing any deadening consistency (Mike Moorcock and M. John Harrison reinforce this).