Scene, but not herd

Jay Lake on the future of written science fiction:

Given that our field has always defined itself, and even prided itself, on outsider status, the mainstreaming of our concerns has pushed us toward specialization as a way of defending our specialness.

Is this a good thing? Probably not, but I’m not convinced it’s bad either. Literature is like rock and roll…new movements come along, but the old ones never die.

I’m sure someone else said something like that once. 😉

One thought on “Scene, but not herd”

  1. Sometimes I think jazz makes an even better analogy. A lot of sf seems like very demanding ECM jazz, not easy for a novice to get into.

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