Maybe all this talk about the superior longevity and marketability of one strand or another of the science fiction tradition is nothing more than a fear of diversity from both sides. Continue reading Science fiction: division versus diversity
I’ve been stewing on the “whither now, science fiction?” debate for a little while now, trying to get my thoughts in order, and over the weekend I hit upon something that crystallised a bunch of ideas which I was planning to knock out in a post today. Continue reading Retrospective – science fiction in my life
It’s been a lively week for debate in sf-blogland, and I doubt it’s over yet. Let’s see… Continue reading Science fiction: quality entertainment?
Depending on where you sit, the word “literary” preceding the words “science fiction” is either a handy descriptor denoting a certain flavour of genre writing, or a pretentious label that denotes tedious over-egging of the writerly pudding.
It’s probably fairly plain that I’m a fan of literary sf, but what the hell does that actually denote, anyway? Where is the line drawn? And is it inherently ‘better’ than other forms? Continue reading A vindication of ‘beer-money’ science fiction
My love and admiration for the ability of the internet to allow anyone and everyone to publish their thoughts and opinions should be well known to regular visitors. Sometimes though, I realise that I may be making assumptions about the way other people consume that information. Continue reading Climbing free of the online book review sinkhole