Now this isn’t a reaction Mark Charan Newton’s 127 comment attracting post called Why Science Fiction Is Dying & Fantasy Fiction Is The Future or a reaction to Mark Chitty’s month long (and excellent) Sci-Fi Appreciation Month both of which are worth exploring.
Instead it was caused by this weeks Mind Meld on SFSignal called:
Notice the question isn’t what books will make me look like I know my SF or what books should I list in order to keep up appearances and expectations. It should be about your own fandom. The books that really turn you on and excite you. And I really hope that these books are aren’t the ones get most people’s blood pumping.
For some reasons I was quite looking forward to seeing what books people would be choosing. I thought that there would be some personal choices that I’d be able to get behind and think you know what SF is still a vibrant and lively place. I felt quite thrilled by own choices that are coming in part 2.
But no, instead the same old names are dragged out out from their mausoleums*. The crumbling foundations of ‘modern’ SF that are, by and large, turning to dust again being chosen as if these are the books that are going to change anyones view on SF as being anything but a genre that has about as much excitement as banging your head against a wall.
It just doesn’t read like a list of a FAN. It reads either the contributors haven’t read SF since they grew up or there really isn’t any other choice. And I know that later isn’t true and I’m hoping it isn’t the former.
Now this might sound like I’m having a moan and I am but when the fantasy list comes out I wonder if it’s just going to contain a bunch of Tolkien-esque books or if the ‘new bloods’ in fantasy are going to be chosen?
I’d hope that they new bloods are considered essential to every fan of fantasy as they keep the enjoyment and excitement in the genre.
And it seems that in SF’s case all the life has dried out so long ago we are left with a bunch of crumbling corpses that will need a leap in science and probably a few prayers if there is going to be on mass excitement about the genre ever again.
*though some new names appear but not really often enough to distract from the point
Luckily there a few writers still trying to keep it alive but unless the fans that should be championing feed them and give them life they are going to fade faster than the speed of light.
So I’m hoping for a bit of a miracle and I’m asking:
Who is the new blood of SF? What books are injecting life into the genre?
I made some more points here: Question: Why don’t Science Fiction fans look to the future? One being:
… that’s the point that lots of people are missing from my post. For a genre that is supposed to be looking to the future it seems to frozen to its past.
And another post called Shoot the Cannon – SF is in danger of being introspective and inbred? Give me New Shiny! after a lengthy Twitter debate.