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Writing "The Shoulders of Giants"
by Robert J. Sawyer
Copyright © 2001 by Robert J. Sawyer
I was going through a difficult time when the story
commission for Star Colonies arrived. Doubtless editors John
Helfers and Marty Greenberg knew about my troubles, and I felt
extraordinary gratitude to them for having steered some work my
way; I wanted to do my absolute best for them.
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A while later, my wife Carolyn and I rented a cottage, and
in that rustic, wooded setting, I found myself thinking about
pioneers and recalling previous trips to cottages as a teenager,
during which I'd read much classic SF. The story of the
colonists aboard the Pioneer Spirit is my attempt to capture
the sense of wonder that drew me into our genre in the first
place. The title, of course, is a tip of the hat to Asimov,
Clarke, Clement, Herbert, Niven, and all the
others upon whose shoulders the SF writers of my generation
are fortunate enough to stand.
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