Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 11:31 am

this is where i say, cool

Related to the entire Unfunny Prowriter making vague whining sounds about fanfic that we all celebrated in song and rhyme and whatnot, but much more interesting.

From comments, [journalfen.net profile] sapote3:
It took me a couple of days to source this, but I think it's pretty accurate. According to the US Department of Labor, there are about 43,000 people who make their living through writing (including screenwriting, ads, movies, etc), but only about 8,000 that make a living writing for newspapers, periodicals, books, and directories (all combined). According to the Writer's Directory 2010, there are about 23,000 writers in the world who have published at least one book in English, including nonfiction works. The Directory of American Writers and Poets (again, including nonfiction) lists about 8,000 names. According to Wikipedia, fanfiction.net has two million users, and I don't even know how big lj fandom is - lj searches top out at 2,000 people. Heck, there as many active Dreamwidth accounts as there are writers who have published any book in English ever - 23,000ish.

So while my numbers are vague, I think the idea that we're a smaller population then prowriters is pretty laughable. - link to comment


Can I say "Welcome to Thunderdome." in portentous tones now and be culturally relevant or is that too melodramatic? Because come the fuck on. My log alone for the last two years numbers above one thousand authors and I only read in four fandoms actively. AO3--which is in beta--has 6946 authors to date.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say, yeah. This is not an improbable conclusion.

Note: non-English speaking work is not represented, though now I would be interested if we could even get world-wide statistics in publishing both English and non-English works. I guess individually pulling from each country's equivalent department would do it if it were public information, with a variable for translated works (I once read Basic Instinct--yes, Basic Instinct--in Finnish). Especially since from what I can tell, I think several of the non-English language fanfic communities are extremely robust and growing fairly rapidly.

PS Do we count non-published doujin? And someone give me the right spelling on that one, google and wiki were not helpful.

I am posting so I won't buy boots, okay? Okay.

ETA: Okay, off-topic, but there's an awesome discussion on hobby mining here. Hobby mining! Tell me that is not awesome.
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2010-05-19 11:27 pm (UTC)
For the record, there are sites on the web that give instructions on how to make your own, small, particle accelerator in the privacy of your own city block. It's just, you need a really long hallway.

whut?

(The costs are pretty ridiculous, though.)

Oh, also, I'm convinced a friend of mine would cop to hobby mining, but she called herself a rock hound, and rarely chipped away at underground mines (they were mostly quarries, etc, I think.)
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2010-05-19 11:52 pm (UTC)
how to make your own, small, particle accelerator in the privacy of your own city block.

I bet Rodney McKay could do it. :-)
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2010-05-20 05:13 pm (UTC)
If it's possible to build a mini-Stargate in a basement (SG-1) then Rodney can do this no problem!
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2010-05-23 04:53 am (UTC)
Forget a particle accelerator, the average hobbyist could just opt for their own nuclear reactor in the basement and cut down on the utility bills. My mother researched the whole "can the average joe build a nuclear reactor" for the US Government in the early 1960s (like 63-65) while working at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) and proved 50 years, pre-internet, that anyone with a undergraduate understanding of nuclear physics could not only figure HOW to build a nuclear bomb but could easily procure everything they needed from available technical components - that's how fast the technology invented for the atomic bomb was a key part of consumer electronics. Only thing that was moderately hard to get was uranium and even that wasn't that hard. I always giggle when I remember Rodney's childhood reactor...

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