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Luke Skywalker suffers from second artist effect, but I don't see too many people buying Gilgamesh action figures
A revisionist mundane SF steampunk epic — mundane SF is the socialist realist movement within our tired post-revolutionary genre
in that recombination it seems to travel from "copy" to "original" for most people.
The first artist sees a landscape and paints what they see; the second artist sees the first artist's work and paints that, instead of a real landscape
A painter's work does not become part of the landscape, a steampunk creator's work does. I reckon something similar also holds true for any writer of fiction, nobody can escape being influenced and assimilated by The Discourse.
In front of maybe two hundred people, I said you could call steampunk a reactionary literature. I vowed to do my bit to head off the danger by writing a steampunk novel set in the Belgian Congo. I told Michael Swanwick he would beg on his knees to read it. ...