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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:53 am 

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Holy Moly, and here I thought giving a penny's nod to Ellison and Atwood over a month ago would be in vain. Seems the appreciation of the genre--- or "lack thereof"--- falls in Atwood's court once again.

Linkage: ... t-win.html

CITED: Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, in some cases critics using the worst examples of the genre as ammunition against it. Unfortunately though, at times even science fiction authors themselves can turn on their own kind: "Science fiction is rockets, chemicals and talking squids in outer space,” mocked Margaret Atwood (The Guardian, 28 January 2009), one of her many attempts to convince people that she is not a science fiction author, even though one of her most famous novels, A Handmaid's Tale, is exactly that.


“It is a truth widely acknowledged that SF is not worth consideration by sane minds. Kurt Vonnegut and J. G. Ballard have adopted Atwood’s gambit.


Considered by the literary establishment, and frequently by non SF award-giving institutions, to be trashy, pulpish, commercially driven lightweight gutter fiction (only a slight exaggeration, believe me), it’s no surprise that very few works of science fiction have won major literary awards. Recent notable exceptions include Cormac McCarthy winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Road (arguably science fiction), and Ray Bradbury receiving a special citation from the Pulitzer Board in the same year. On the whole though, the accolades are few and far between.

I'm stunned!! It's also slightly depressing. What are your views on this? :shock:


FRESH BLOOD (print):

FRESH BLOOD (pdf): ... s_id=78120

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