Archive for the ‘science fiction’ Category

Science fiction ghetto

by wil — Sep 27, 2011

I can remember maybe 10 or 15 years ago, walking into a bookstore that I went into fairly frequently, and there was a young woman who had a cart of books that she was…shelving the books, and one of the books that was on top of her cart was Don DeLillo’s Ratner’s Star, a novel that’s about the government supporting some mathematicians who are trying to decipher some signals coming in from a far star. It’s a fun read for a science fiction reader. And I said to her, “You know, that’s a really interesting novel. You should put a few copies up the stairs in the science fiction section.” And she looked at me and she said, “Oh no no, this is a very good novel.”Samuel R. Delany, via The Language of Science Fiction

Science fiction

by wil — Sep 21, 2011

It’s better to read first-rate science-fiction, like Arthur C. Clarke, than second-rate science. Second-rate science may not be true either, and it’s far less entertaining.Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, via Life’s Future in the Cosmos