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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.

www.antipope.org/charlie
/blog-static/2012/05/the-d
eath-of-genre.html


www.tor.com/blogs/2012/0
5/the-case-for-genre




And, as a bonus link, tangentially related to the first two, here's another:

www.tor.com/blogs/2012/0
5/death-in-fantasy-fiction
-why-it-makes-us-rage


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.

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CARTOONB 5/10/2012 11:45PM

    What?!?! Ned Stark dies? Spoiler!

Fourth link was my favorite!

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NWFL59 5/10/2012 5:14PM

    bah humbug! Got a chuckle from some of the last link's video but then I'm not a fan of this author. emoticon

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TYKXBOY 5/10/2012 2:10PM

    One thing that also bugged me about movies was that you could bet your paycheck on the fact that your hero would survive to the end of the movie while the side characters would meet early, inglorious and messy endings.

I always wanted to make a movie where you fell in love with the hero, but then they would be the one who died a surprise, early death while a side character or two survived - you know, just to mess with convention and with the viewers.

But, like any genre, Sci-Fi will change. It may not be what it once was, but it will still be there in one form or another. Like the reports of the deaths of other genres, this too is greatly exaggerated.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/10/2012 11:10AM

    Woohoo! Thanks for sharing!

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