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The really real reason why science fiction is dying

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Paul Jessup thinks he knows why Science Fiction is dying:

Heinlien. Asimov.  At the latest, Orson Scott Card (but mostly just for Ender’s Game). I don’t see anyone ever looking for something new...

This is why SF is spiraling downward in sales. It’s fans just aren’t buying it anymore. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I love Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, etc. so I don’t mind that it’s popular and selling. But some part of me wonders- is SF meant to be kept in the past? Is that why Steampunk is so popular right now, because it’s an emulation of the past? I’m not sure. But this is a problem (Paul Jessup).

Is classicism the problem?  Well, it is part of it, but it is only one of many.

Lessons Lost

The biggest problem SF has is that the industry didn't learn from the New Wave SF of the 60's and 70's.  These authors, most notably Harlan Ellison and Ray Bradbury, didn't allow themselves to be constrained by the limits of industry enforced genre.  There stories were a little bit science, a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror.  The incorporated whatever they thought they needed into their stories to make them good.

Genre has become increasingly rigid.  Publishers forgot that Speculative Fiction is the literature of the imagination.  It once explored the question, "What if" without any limits save those of the author's imagination.  As the genres stiffened, sales have continued to go down.

Lack of Imagination

This genre lock is not the only problem facing SF.  Have you seen any of the marketing for new fiction?  No?  You are not alone.

If a new classic is published and no one knows about it, will it make any sales?  Yes, among the author's friends and family.  That is about it.

Publishers and authors need to find new ways to generate excitement about new titles, but that is not enough.  Fans need to find better venues to share and spread the word about their favorite new books.

Bless me, for I have sinned

I have to admit that I really haven't read any new books in a long time.  With the exception of Night's Knights, Brave Men Run, and Burning Skies.  These don't count because I read them after meeting the authors.  I also don't count the Harry Potter books or franchise fiction.  Personally, I find it too hard to find new books to read.

As a writer, I feel like I am confessing a mortal sin.  I want to read more, but I am not sure where to find new books.

I've thought about reviewing books myself, but I don't feel like I have the time to wade through the weeds to find the books.

So, I ask you.  Where do you find out about new books?  How can we promote SF books better?

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The really real reason why science fiction is dying

Speed Reading Class
Image by iBjorn via Flickr

Paul Jessup thinks he knows why Science Fiction is dying:

Heinlien. Asimov.  At the latest, Orson Scott Card (but mostly just for Ender’s Game). I don’t see anyone ever looking for something new...

This is why SF is spiraling downward in sales. It’s fans just aren’t buying it anymore. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I love Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, etc. so I don’t mind that it’s popular and selling. But some part of me wonders- is SF meant to be kept in the past? Is that why Steampunk is so popular right now, because it’s an emulation of the past? I’m not sure. But this is a problem (Paul Jessup).

Is classicism the problem?  Well, it is part of it, but it is only one of many.

Lessons Lost

The biggest problem SF has is that the industry didn't learn from the New Wave SF of the 60's and 70's.  These authors, most notably Harlan Ellison and Ray Bradbury, didn't allow themselves to be constrained by the limits of industry enforced genre.  There stories were a little bit science, a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror.  The incorporated whatever they thought they needed into their stories to make them good.

Genre has become increasingly rigid.  Publishers forgot that Speculative Fiction is the literature of the imagination.  It once explored the question, "What if" without any limits save those of the author's imagination.  As the genres stiffened, sales have continued to go down.

Lack of Imagination

This genre lock is not the only problem facing SF.  Have you seen any of the marketing for new fiction?  No?  You are not alone.

If a new classic is published and no one knows about it, will it make any sales?  Yes, among the author's friends and family.  That is about it.

Publishers and authors need to find new ways to generate excitement about new titles, but that is not enough.  Fans need to find better venues to share and spread the word about their favorite new books.

Bless me, for I have sinned

I have to admit that I really haven't read any new books in a long time.  With the exception of Night's Knights, Brave Men Run, and Burning Skies.  These don't count because I read them after meeting the authors.  I also don't count the Harry Potter books or franchise fiction.  Personally, I find it too hard to find new books to read.

As a writer, I feel like I am confessing a mortal sin.  I want to read more, but I am not sure where to find new books.

I've thought about reviewing books myself, but I don't feel like I have the time to wade through the weeds to find the books.

So, I ask you.  Where do you find out about new books?  How can we promote SF books better?

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Shadow Complex fans hate gay people

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First off, I have to say that I am getting tired of SyFy site winking at bigotry.

Known Bigot Orson Scott Card has released a never game called Shadow Complex.  200,000 people either didn't know or didn't care that this bigot was behind the game and purchased it!

SyFy's Fidgit turned this into a joke... and people like me are just getting tired of fighting this fight.

Homophobia is one of the last acceptable biases in our culture.  Honestly, I am out of breath on this topic for now.  I will just say it again:

STOP supporting bigots like Orson Scott Card and those who pay him.  Maybe I should cancel my Xbox live Gold Account...

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Orson Scott Card Wins Wrong Award

Orson Scott Card, the reason I have been boycotting Ultimate Iron Man and Red Prophet has won an award for:

"an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world (Pink Kryptonite)."

Really? The homophobic author who campaigns on his website for the illegalization of sex gender relationships... really? This person deserves an award?

Should a writer's work be judged because of their personal beliefs? So long as we place them within the proper cultural context in which they lived. There are many things that in the past were viewed as racially progressive that are now seen as racially insensitive. But this is the 21st century...

I am open about by political, personal, and religious beliefs. I know that some will judge me and refuse to read me work because of them. I do not want to support an artist that hates people like me, because supporting that artist is supporting that hate speech.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) put him on their list of the Best Books for Young Adults and gave him their Margaret A Edwards Award, which is the same as saying, "Give money to this anti-GLBT crusader and teach your kids to see this bigot as a voice of authority."

Shame on them. Continue the boycott of Orson Scott Card and all who support him.

(via After Elton)

Orson Scott Card Wins Wrong Award

Orson Scott Card, the reason I have been boycotting Ultimate Iron Man and Red Prophet has won an award for:

"an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world (Pink Kryptonite)."

Really? The homophobic author who campaigns on his website for the illegalization of sex gender relationships... really? This person deserves an award?

Should a writer's work be judged because of their personal beliefs? So long as we place them within the proper cultural context in which they lived. There are many things that in the past were viewed as racially progressive that are now seen as racially insensitive. But this is the 21st century...

I am open about by political, personal, and religious beliefs. I know that some will judge me and refuse to read me work because of them. I do not want to support an artist that hates people like me, because supporting that artist is supporting that hate speech.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) put him on their list of the Best Books for Young Adults and gave him their Margaret A Edwards Award, which is the same as saying, "Give money to this anti-GLBT crusader and teach your kids to see this bigot as a voice of authority."

Shame on them. Continue the boycott of Orson Scott Card and all who support him.

(via After Elton)