Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman

  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Had to be away from the computer for most of yesterday, so apologies for the late responses... Alternate history can't change in any plausible manner those facts about colonization of North America. No, it can't. But it can explore what...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Hrm. You consider it "contemplating your navel," but I consider it "respecting your sources enough to want to do a proper job with them." It's all in how you approach the situation. And since the stories I love the most,...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    That sounds awesome - I'd love to hear more about it, if she wants to share! *puts on Giant Social History Nerd hat*...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    TRX - One of the useful things about being a child is growing up aware of, and trying not to repeat, the mistakes your parents made. That's the goal and the aim, anyway....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    There is also a feeling in the US, at least, that we're torn between wanting to be "American" and a lot of disagreement about what "American" means - we've embraced the melting pot (e pluribus unum) but there's also a...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    John, Except the story I'm telling is set in 1801-1803. So all that history comes after my period. Next project, I'm going to pick an era that has a lot of first-person written sources to play with. This... was not...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Nope, you're right: we all have our histories to unlearn and relearn. With American history, it's so much closer to the surface because (as many Europeans take delight in reminding us) we're (still) so young.......
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Thank you! My academic background is history, so on the one hand I was aware of mulitplicity of views for any one story, but on the other, it was a training to observe and deduce, not get into the middle,...
  • Posted My Country Tis of Thee to Charlie's Diary
    Normally, I do this kind of thinking-out-loud on my own blog, where about thirty people are paying attention. But then Charlie said "hey, I've got this guest spot, come make yourself vulnerable visible here!" And sure, why not? Hi, my...
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