I thought I’d share this interesting if a little gloomy article with you, which was written by author Robert.J. Sawyer. I’m not sure if maybe he was feeling rather disillusioned when he wrote it, but he suggests a few things about the Science Fiction market for books which are worth considering:
- Much modern sci-fi is ‘crap’ (his words not mine!)
- The audience for sci-fi is aging, and hark back to the good old days
- Publishers flogging a (literally) dead horse in pushing anything with the names Azimov, Heinlein or Clarke on it.
You can check out the rest of his article here:
It is an entertaining rant. 🙂
The redoubtable Captain Xerox has another point of view: Science Fiction has died so often it must have nine lives
He makes the point that Sci-Fi has probably never been stronger, but that a combination of the reluctance of large publishers to touch it (perhaps because of the perceived death of Science Fiction?) and the publishing of great sci-fi works as general fiction are skewing the perception of the genre.
I’m wondering if the boom in e-publishing will help to break down some of these perceptions about sci-fi. With many more people able to publish, and the financial risk of trying out a new author much smaller, will Science Fiction be reborn again?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.