John Joseph Adams
|Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 08:20 pm: |
Over on my blog, I just posted an interview with "Welcome to Justice 2.0" (Jan. 2004) author George Tucker.
In this excerpt, Mr. Tucker discusses the limitations of SF:
I don't mean to raise hackles when I say this, but I think the limitations of SF are its readers. I think SF readers tend to have minds more open to new and different ideas than many, but I also think they expect a certain kind of story and are disappointed when they don't get it. By the way, readers are also the salvation of SF and of the publishing industry itself.
The commercial publishing industry compounds this limitation by producing the same soulless books over and over (Honor Harrington, anyone?), thereby ingraining not a genre but a type of story in SF readers. So the cycle perpetuates itself.
Independent publishing houses and tiny magazines will continue to fight the good fight, publishing the revolutionary side-by-side with the turgid and unreadable. Amid all this, great writers continue to publish great books and bad writers continue to publish bad books and the rest of us struggle to be heard.
|Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 08:11 pm: |
My mom bought me that honor harrington thing. I did not get more than a page or two into it.