Asking for a (fictional) friend…

Seriously, what do you think?

Yes, this is another “Who knows what weirdness lurks in the minds of sci-fi writers?” situation. Characters will probably be arguing about it for a long time… but I want to know if you, O reader of my blog, agree with me (and with the “creature”), or if you agree with my clone-sibling (and with the parent of the mad scientist).



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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6 Responses to Asking for a (fictional) friend…

  1. I’d consider it part of my family. Look, I’m a person who considers animals part of my family. Our decisions affect them, and they need to be taken into account, yes, but I generally interact and bond with any creature in the house, from the ants that I war with to the black widows with whom I hold uneasy truces. Besides, I imagine my kid has a relationship to their creation. I wanna be supportive. What the hell, I also need the karma points that I might gain by treating the creature as a family member — and the creature may evolve into something unanticipated that makes it beneficial to have them consider me part of THEIR family.

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    • “May evolve into something unanticipated.” Oh, certainly. Something of that already happened. And if we don’t keep that from our original idea, I’m gonna refuse to copyedit any of the story until the primary author changes it back.

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  2. My daughter played mad scientist and created my grandson. *shrug* It’s kinda the same thing. So my answer is yes, but if it gets all murdery it’s going to live in the shed.

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    • “If it gets all murdery it’s going to live in the shed.” I don’t expect it to happen, but I still want to find a way to use that line or a close paraphrase in the actual story: “If you get all murdery, you’ll have to live in the shed,” he said, ignoring his daughter’s complaints that he was being mean to ‘her creation.’ Like that.

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  3. M. Oniker says:

    Being an Myers-Briggs INTP, the answer is of course: It depends. For sure the creature is the creator’s responsibility, and that is different from family. In all scenarios, the creator is responsible. Is the creature pet-like? Then yes, as one who believes pets are non-genetic family, the creature is family. Is it made out of the creator’s DNA, like certain neo-panthers? Then family. Is it evil, bent on the destruction of everything? It is still possibly family, and the creator still has to be responsible and end the thing. I guess it is also dependent upon how you define family. If you are talking about genetics only, then “no” a created thing isn’t family, unless it is a clone of some sort. I’m thinking I just agreed with both you and your clone. 😀

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    • The “creature” was not made using any of the creator’s DNA… but he is someone’s clone (a character you’ve already met! mwahahahaha…!). And not evil. (Do we look like the sort of people who’d write clones as evil?) Funny that you should mention neo-panthers, though, because the “mad scientist” is related to the Tebrey brothers… On their father’s side, of course. 🙂

      (Appropriate quote repurposed from something totally different: “I’m half human… on my mother’s side.”)

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