"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
In a comment to my previous entry, reminded me of the name of the fellow who was trying to patent a plot.
Andrew F. Knight is another example of what I view as a threat to creative freedom. He’s a patent attorney who achieved some notoriety by attempting to patent the plot of a novel in which a fellow returns to consciousness from spending years as a zombie and has no memory of what happened during those years.
Loss of memory in this way has been a standard in both literature and other art forms for centuries. Rip Van Winkle?
Zombies are a commonplace.
What’s new about that plot?
“The invention of a plot is just that — an invention –not merely the expression of an existing concept.”
I find that statement chilling.