Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thought for the Day

What too many Science Fiction readers want is a book that will make them feel the way they felt when they were ten years old and just discovering SF. They look for that book in different ways: some want more adventures of the same people, some want neat-o keen-o new extrapolation, and some just want to wallow.

Being ten is nice, when you're ten. But it's good to set your sights a bit higher from that point on.

(Inspired by this Paul Kincaid column at Bookslut.)


Anonymous said...

I'd disagree. I think most people don't even remember what they read when they were ten. I think what they want is the type of SF or fantasy they read when they were 18 or in their early 20's. The stuff they were into then, when their tastes had formed, whether it was classic stuff or new stuff, becomes their litmus test for everything else.

John Ottinger III (Grasping for the Wind) said...

Thanks for this link - it was great. I especially like the claim that the death of science fiction is how it reinvents itself.

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