Speculative fiction is, happily, not the mainstream’s negative energy twin. Good SF and Fantasy, good Weird, good whatever you want to call it, is perfectly happy playing with human scale objects and emotions alongside technologies, magics and sciences which remake the outer world and in consequence alter or highlight the inner one. It just isn’t a conflict. You can’t genuinely depict “the ordinary mind on an ordinary day” in the developed world if you refuse to acknowledge the existence of the social web, CCTV cameras and online shopping. Human-ness doesn’t happen in the dark interior of the skull; it’s not Plato’s cave. It happens at the border of self and exterior, and that means it is affected by every outer trend. A human being without external stimuli does not develop a self in the same way as the rest of us. Our humanity is contingent on the world we encounter, which means that as we change the world so, to, we are changed. Small potatoes in speculative fiction, a huge matter for the mainstream. http://www.nickharkaway.com/2013/02/progressive-fiction-and-the-kitschies/
The imbalance between SF’s regard for innovation in science and its disregard for innovation in writing is sometimes hard to support. @Gollancz
The author tells me that he will be happy for her to continue writing the Discworld books when he is no longer able to do so. “The Discworld is safe in my daughter’s hands,” Pratchett assures me. http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2012/11/terry-pratchett-my-daughter-rhianna-will-take-over-discworld-when-im-gone
SF is best suited to using ideas to give space to examine emotion at a distance.
What “gatekeepers” at least ensure is that the honestly terrible doesn’t get past the front door.
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see book with interesting premises. read first page; find writing mediocre beneath reading; give up. why can’t people rise above mediocre. requireshate
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Reading or failing that listening to someone like Florence + The Machine.