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Discussion: Using Music in Speculative Fiction

Yellow Dancer

Editor’s Note: Angel is hoarding her bits today, but hopes to share them with us again next week.

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Hank T. Cannon:

Music! What are the ins and outs of using song lyrics in a story, or novel as temporal or emotional touchstones. Is licensing involved, or only after a certain point? Does it detract from a story by anchoring it too much in a certain time and place?

Great questions. I’ve used songs in stories, only to have the lyrics yanked out over publisher concerns of copyright issues.

What’s your experience with music in stories?

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