This Is My Blog: Factual, Real, True is a great critique of the notion that "real stories" are necessarily about "real people" in the "real world."
Ben rocks the world with this post. It's a lot of things I wanted to say but couldn't quite articulate when I read "Lasersharking My Ass" and the comments and reactions to it.
UPDATE: As Matt notes in the comments to Ben's blog, he wasn't really saying "fantasy sucks." He was saying "real world stories are cool."
It's really hard to say "X is cool" without being taken to mean "but Y sucks." Especially when there are a lot of other people who really do think Y sucks. Matt left himself open for the misinterpretation, maybe, by invoking the "sharks with lasers" meme. But hey, dude designed Nine Worlds, you gotta cut him slack. :)