Wednesday's Links: Science Fiction as a Genre
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Two interesting links today. The first, from Charles Stross, comments on his view that Science Fiction, at least in part, is going away. The part that he's mourning is the truly introspective mind expanding side of the genre, leaving behind the flashy stuff that translates well into a CGI effects-laden Hollywood blockbuster. The second is from Walter Mosley, and given the timing and the title is likely a response, saying back to Stross that no, there are several authors out there, just like Stross, working to keep the mind bending intricate stories alive.
And, as a bonus link, tangentially related to the first two, here's another:
Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin have a habit of building up characters, letting their audiences fall in love with them, then killing them. Suddenly, and often brutally. It's a calculated move from both of them, and they use it to great effect, but I know people who have yelled at the TV screens or set down their books when they do it. I certainly set down A Game of Thrones for a couple days when Ned Stark was killed. There's another author that tends to do something similar, Sean McMullen, only he has a twist: he kills the characters in the *next* book. He's written two series (well, technically, he's still working on the second) and almost always the point-of-view character changes from book to book. Fairly often, the previous story's point-of-view character shows up as a minor character in the next book, and then meets a messy end. At this point, I'm used to it, but the trick is getting a bit old.
Of course, this then brings the fourth link, for which I will give no commentary.