Doing Something No One Else Can Do

Posted on Dec 1, 2011

Gene Wolfe, science fiction writer, once said, “Genius lies not in doing something better than anyone else but in doing something no one else can do at all.” I read that as part of a book review by James Sallis on the new collection of short stories by Carol Emshwiller. There is ample evidence in the review that this collection is worth reading (not surprising if you are aware at all of Emshwiller’s work). However, what really stuck with me out of a six-page review was that single quote. 

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