Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ghostwriter


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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I had the strangest dream the other night, and I woke up with the following question. (The dream had nothing to do with the question. That's the weirdest part.)

What if we could access books written by ghosts? (Specifically: The books are written by ghosts. I'm not talking about being haunted by a writer who has books that were published while they were alive.)

13 comments:

  1. Why am I suddenly thinking of the movie Beetlejuice and the Handbook for the Recently Deceased?

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    1. I had not considered that. It's been a while since I saw Beetlejuice.

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    2. It would be quite a book …

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  2. How do we know we don't? Perhaps the living author on the cover is really just the "ghost writer"!

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  3. Do you think they look at our writing and such.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  4. Perhaps, most ghosts in their world don't care that much about our world? Otherwise, perhaps we'd be interacting with ghosts on a daily basis? If we could see their books (if they write books) we don't have the shared experience of living in the ghost world - perhaps they are full of subject matter and jokes we just would never understand?

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    1. Could be. What would ghosts be interested in, do you think?

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  5. This question seems like a good one for Jasper Fforde. If you haven't read his stuff, I think you would enjoy it. He doesn't have "ghost" writers, but the entire Thursday Next series is about a sort of alternate reality that gets into how books are REALLY written and read.

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  6. I would read their books and, like the living, some would be good and others, bad.

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  7. There are no ghosts. If at all there are, they are humans only! So, it should be no different from the books I am reading now!

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