Comments: Defending science fiction

I'm not a SF fan, with few exceptions, but I detest the snotballs who look down their "elitist" noses at it. They remind me of those people who love Formula One racing but look down on NASCAR.

Posted by Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at December 6, 2007 02:05 PM

Oh, and that story "Answer" is great.

Posted by Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at December 6, 2007 02:06 PM

BTW, one of the best reads ever is a collection called "1001 Best Science Fiction Short Short Stories". I can't remember if "Answer" is in it, but it's a collection of, well, short short stories, none more than two pages, most less than one.

Some of the stories are barely more than glorified jokes but it was a lot of fun to read. My favorite was the one about a planet with no animal life, only plants. There lived on it a vampire - he was a sapsucker. At the end of the story, they buried him with a steak through his heart.

Posted by Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at December 6, 2007 03:04 PM

Heh. I remember that sapsucker story. Now I have to see if I own that 1001 great scifi stories. I might because I own a lot of books. A lot.

Posted by physics geek at December 6, 2007 03:53 PM

There are still a few apolitical (in their writing, at least) and right-of-center authors outside of the clique they complain about. At least, there are if you extrapolate from their stories in the magazines. (plus, when you hit a lefty-with-no-redeeming-qualities story in a magazine, you just move on to the next).

Two things: aside from Heinlein, most of the Golden Age types were classical liberals if not leftists, so it's hardly surprising that they lean left now. Also, 90% of new authors *should* suck, regardless of politics...

Posted by Steve G. at December 10, 2007 01:23 PM