This week's tool has been in the making since the 70's, and is a fun read, aside from being a handy tool for workshops.
The Facts:Type: PDF
Maker/Publisher: Lewis Shiner, Bruce Sterling/Flash Fiction Online
Length: 10 pages
Year Created: Unknown
What I liked most:
- It's Fun: The Lexicon is not just a dull list of boring, scholarly terms. It was written with a sense of humor. It's sometimes a little harsh, but generally interesting just to read, let alone discuss.
- It's Compact: It's only ten pages long. This would definitely come in handy if you were to say, distribute it at your own writing workshop, which you could, since it's copyright free.
- Its History: The Lexicon dates from a writing group that met in Texas in the 70's containing many successful sci-fi writers, and supposedly saw the birth of the cyberpunk subgenre. It's been passed around and republished for almost 50 years.
What I liked least:
- Limitations: The Lexicon is only ten pages long, so it obviously doesn't cover everything. This is okay though, TV Tropes picks up the slack pretty well.
- Vague: Occasionally, definitions might be a little vague, or go over the heads of some writers who haven't been in the sci-fi trenches for very long.