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Monday, April 28, 2014

Sales + State of the genre

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2 ebooks 
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
-- finalist for Philip K. Dick award for The Mad Scientist’s Daughter

Horror 101: The Way Forward 
by Steve Rasnic Tem, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Harry Shannon, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Ramsey Campbell, Joe Mynhardt, Mort Castle 

State of the Genre:

How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future By Eileen Gunn at Smithsonian Magazine
"The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often, amazingly, come true"
Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction by Rebecca J. Rosen
"MIT researchers Dan Novy and Sophia Brueckner argue that the mind-bending worlds of authors such as Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke can help us not just come up with ideas for new gadgets, but anticipate their consequences."

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction by Chris Beckett
"Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?" 

The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction*
"In the second of our series on literary definitions, novelist Juliet McKenna argues that far from being inferior to literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy can create debate around the most complex political issues"

* -- clearly an article of bias, especially as it's written by a speculative author.  Each genre has its merits and probably should not be compared, lest lines be drawn and someone do an actual comparison and show similar lacks because, say, the speculative field does not concern itself with such topics.  H.P. Lovecraft trashed Henry James because Lovecraft examined James through a single lens: Does James evoke fear powerfully enough? Still the article's worth checking out.

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