I’m sharing a wonderful rant today, from science fiction writer John Scalzi. This is a topic I’ve been mulling over a lot recently. In the past I have felt a bit guilty for not enjoying as many of the “canonical” works in my genre. Some have a kind of timeless entertainment value, but conceptually a lot of older Sci-Fi is immature and irrelevant my modern standards. The cultural depth and diversity of today’s Sci-Fi greats is far superior, in my opinion, so the dusty old classics. Anyway, read this rant and let me know how you feel about it. Personally, I’m feeling validated.
Ugh, we’re talking about the “canon” of science fiction literature, again, for reasons (most imminently the recent Hugo award ceremony and its fallout), and whether, basically, newer writers and readers should and must slog through a bunch of books in the genre that are now half a century old at least, from a bunch of […]Oh, Christ, Not the Science Fiction Canon Again — Whatever