Whether it made political sense for the Queen to elevate Salman Rushdie to knighthood at this particular time or not, I do not know. In one sense, this is like throwing gasoline on a fire. I do know that he’s been making the Imams in Iran crazy for over 20 years, which from a writer’s viewpoint, cannot be a bad thing. (You know you’ve hit the Big Time when someone wants you dead. Doesn’t matter who.) In college we English majors all dreamed to getting onto as many hit lists as possible because of what we’d written, drawn, sculpted or put on film. Rushdie was elevated to near-god status when his life was first threatened for writing the Satanic Verses. If nothing else, it spurred dozens of us to immediately run out and buy the book. Which is what I think you should do if you haven’t done it already. (Click here.)
About Jon Frater
A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer's Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He's currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York. Article 9, the first in his ambitious Blockade Trilogy, is Jonathan's first full-length novel.