As a faithful doer of the New York Times crossword, I've noticed an encouraging trend. In the last month, two clues have read "Sci-fi writer McIntyre" and "Sci-fi writer LeGuin." Now, "Asimov" has been a crossword answer for years, but "Vonda" and "Ursula" are new to Will Shortz's domain, and I regard this as an encouraging sign. Now if only we could get the puzzle to:
--stop saying "sci-fi"
--use writers who don't live in the Pacific Northwest
--include a clue that said "SF writer Kress,"
I would be very happy as I sit with my coffee and blue pen each morning. But I'm not holding my breath.