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Douglas Lain
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 04:18 pm:   

Shout out to james_nicoll for the link

I fail to see how SFWA allowing fantasy writers into the club is responsible for fantasy being the more marketable category now, and I also find it atrocious to suggest that cultures without SF are incapable of transforming. Even religious literature can contain sparks that lead to transformation. Imagination is a part of human nature and efforts to supress the imagination will always be resisted in some way or other.

The more interesting questions that were not asked in this book review column are "Is Science Fiction intristically visionary and transforming in a way that fantasy fiction is not?" The follow up question might be "Why is fantasy more attractive than SF to readers today?"

http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0505/onbooks.shtml

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