Brian Aldiss has railed against the cultural great wall of China erected against sf in the Times (courtesy of SFCrowsnest). I wonder if we don’t partially erect the barrier ourselves though and perhaps secretly want it as readers? Isn’t it much more fun to read the forbidden and forgotten?
I’m slightly with Clute in his earlier interview on this site in that we create these own barriers for oursleves.Â What do we gain by doing it since reading eclectically means that we might snuffle out truffles (or further keep our noses in the mud) that are not marketed or thought of as genre.
Whilst pretensions of literary greatness hack me, so do the want to be outsider but of genre. Can’t we just read good fiction and if its sf/fantasy, its sf/fantasy?