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14Nov/11Off

Stimulus/Response: Author Responsibility

Lynda WilliamsLynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Part 7: Healer's Sword arrives in 2012. Lynda's work features moral dilemmas in a character-driven, multi-cultural setting with radically different attitudes to sex and social control surrounding space warfare and bio-science.

Stimulus

From a discussion on Google+:

"If a writer has any moral responsibility concerning his work, it's the responsibility to give the readers their money's worth."

Response

Lynda on Google+If writing (or any art) is nothing more than a commodity, then, indeed, no moral responsibility exists beyond customer satisfaction. Even commodities, however, are morally (or at least legally) responsible to be honest about their claims. Commodities for sale that target nothing but serving customer satisfaction include child prostitution and drug dealing. Personally, as a writer, I don't want to align myself ethically with those models. Sex is a legitimate subject for literature. But all experience shapes us, and the stories we tell each other have to push for influencing us to make the world a better - not a worse place. Or what will?

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