October 14, 2013
No More Zombies!
Monica Hellström for The Chronicle Review
OK, I am officially a grumpy old poop.
I banned alt-worlding from my advanced creative-writing workshop. Told my students that their fiction had to take place in real environments with real people, facing problems that are actually likely to confront us (as opposed to stories involving international spy rings, penal colonies on Proxima Centauri, or aliens).
The necessity snuck up on me. The first two stories of the semester were rollicking