Re: Is SF in a state of exhaustion?
Ian Keldon wrote:
Oh lord, not this horsecrap again!
The only semblences between SF and fantasy are the structural ones ALL stories share. They are philosophically VERY different genres with different underpinnings, assumptions and methodologies.
I'm not going to bother repeating (again) the textbook definitions that show this to be the case.
Yep, considering My Name is Legion
has been a professional fiction editor for many years, you're probably better off not repeating definitions to him.
However, a large majority of extremely well known, respected SF writers (not all of whom wanted to be called that) have always noted a difference between SF and fantasy. I'm well aware of the marketing in bookselling, but aside from that, you can usually spot to which side a story usually veers.
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan