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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

Wordsmith gripes about 'another sh*t feature'

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In August last year, one-time-sysadmin and now SciFi author Charles Stross declared Microsoft Word ”a tyrant of the imagination” and bemoaned its use in the publishing world.

“Major publishers have been browbeaten into believing that Word is the sine qua non of document production systems,” he wrote. “And they expect me to integrate myself into a Word-centric workflow, even though it's an inappropriate, damaging, and laborious tool for the job. It is, quite simply, unavoidable.”

Now another prominent british SciFi author, Alastair Reynolds, has voiced more or less the same sentiments.

Reynolds kicked off with this missive:

The link in Reynolds' Tweet goes to a Microsoft support page titled Scroll bar in word 2013 freezes. I need to move mouse to be able to scroll it. What is causing the problem?

A bit of Twitter banter followed Reynolds' Tweet, during which he explained he can't ditch the software unless an alternative “... can handle collaborative mark-up in the same way as Word, though, it's no good for the later stages.”

Which sounds an awful lot like the same complaint Stross voiced: the publishing industry is so into Word he'd like to work in another tool, but his editors prefer he uses the Microsoft tool.

Speaking of Microsoft, a later Tweet in the saga comes from one of Redmond's software engineers, one @CalvinWHobbes .

@CalvinWHobbes then offers personalised service, asking Reynolds to name the other things about word that drive him to distraction. Reynolds hasn't replied to that Tweet.

There's no resolution to the saga at the time of writing, but one thing is clear: Microsoft is losing the hearts and minds of British Science Fiction writers. ®

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