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Old May 20 2012, 10:15 PM   #46
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Re: David Brin's latest novel, and a TED talk

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(MacLeod is an English writer [he says he's Scottish but there's no difference visible in his work from this side of the Atlantic]
The difference will be visible when you call a Scot English to his face- visible in the form of an oncoming fist, usually!
In person, seeing the differences between English and Scottish wouldn't leave time for making claims about the differences, or lack of them. Re MacLeod in particular, I must say that I'm having trouble remembering whether I'm reading him or Charles Stross. And trouble sometimes distinguishing Paul McAuley and Geoff Ryman, too. I'm not a literary person (obviously) and mostly talk about the obvious stuff that people like to overlook. For some writers, the difference between Scots and English is too subtle for some of us over here.
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