The three stigmata of science fiction

I’ll let you decide your own list of three, but I’d submit Trekkies as one of them. Wired has a piece on a phenomenon that will be more than familiar to most readers of this blog – the “oh no, this brilliant piece of literature/cinema isn’t sci-fi; it’s too good for that” reaction, which often comes from the creators of a successful work just as much as their marketing people.

Personally, I’ve started to stop worrying about it in recent months. As a long-standing rock music fan, I’m accustomed to being mocked and denigrated for my cultural choices, and I figure a bit of personal pride in our underdog status is definitely the way to go. Stand up for your bookshelves, brethren! Say it loud – we’re geeks, and proud!

Tobias Buckell seems to agree, though for slightly different reasons. I really like his idea of marketing science fiction to kids as “the stuff your parents, pastors, teachers and straight arrow khaki-wearing friends don’t want you to [read]” – because I’m positive it would work extremely well.

(Thanks to long-standing VCTB habitue Trollop23 for the Wired tip-off.)

2 thoughts on “The three stigmata of science fiction”

  1. Have to agree with you about the Trekkies.
    #2 George Lucas (he created Ewoks, sodomized the first two movies and made the last three Star Wars movies. He has trashed quality science fiction by making big-budget, high profile garbage so mass produced that people automatically think of his offal as the definition of Sci Fi. He isn’t just stigmata, George Lucas is the AntiChrist of Science Fiction. Let’s bump him up to number one.)
    #3 L. Ron Hubbard

  2. I think advertising campaigns that deliberately label something as counter-culture rarely succeed in convincing, but I agree with the sentiment, and I’ve been thinking about doing some ad designs for fun to convey the sentiment Tobias expressed.

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