It's Wilson Appreciation Day
Steven Lloyd Wilson has helped enormously to fill that space for us over the last three and a half years. I'll be honest with you, too: When he started back in February of 2009, we didn't really know what to do with him. His stuff didn't exactly fit with what we were doing on the site, and initially there were some growing pains on both sides. He continued on, however, and eventually, the site grew around him. I like to think that, no matter what the topic, there's always room for a thoughtful, brilliant mind like Steven's, and over the years, he's created our Pajiba Storytellers series, become a huge contributor to our think pieces, and on a personal note, his poignant reviews of "Doctor Who" were what finally convinced me to watch them.
Often, however, I feel like his posts go underappreciated by a wider web audience. It's the Internet, after all, and the Internet often looks the other way if there are too many syllables on a page and not enough pretty pictures (tl;dr). So, ahead of the long holiday weekend, I want to spend most of the rest of today highlighting some of my favorite SLW contributions over the years, just to give a few of his posts a second opportunity to be read. It's the Friday before Labor Day, so I expect many of you are killing time rather than working, and I can't encourage you enough to use that time to read some of the republished works of SLW. You may find that some of them will touch you, while others may make you consider certain topics in a new way, and others still will merely amuse. If you connect with one, I encourage you to share it with others, not because I'm trying to gin up page views (which I could more easily do by posting Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling photos all day), but because I think more people should be introduced to Steven's even-handed, lyrical and brainy writings.
On a related note, most of you probably don't realize this, but it's worth nothing that Steven has actually written a sci-fi novel, Katorga, and if you like what you see this afternoon, please consider picking it up at Amazon. You won't be disappointed, and it's a great way to express appreciation for one of the Internet's smartest minds.