18 November 2008

SF@NS

The New Scientist has a special feature on science fiction. Marcus Chown asks the inevitable question: Does science fiction have a future? And gives the inevitable answer. The feature also includes short pieces by major SF authors including Bill Gibson, Ursula Le Guin and Kim Stanley Robinson on the future of SF and a series of short books reviews. Some tasters:

Ursula Le Guin:
‘The distinction between science fiction and realism was never as clear as the genre snobs wanted it to be. I rejoice to think that both terms are already largely historical; they are moulds from which literature is breaking free, as it always does, to find new forms.’

Bill Gibson:
‘“Earth is the alien planet”, . . . the future is pretty much now. Outer space (as far as science fiction went) became metaphorical. Became inner space.’

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