io9 is stirring the pot again…this time by listing 5 Reasons To Stop Reading Science Fiction.
- SF is now real life.
- It’s been colonized by mainstream literature authors like Cormac McCarthy.
- It’s turned into pure fantasy.
- The fanbase is ancient.
- Rackspace is shrinking.
The first few commenters give reasons why sf is neither “obsolete” nor “pointless” nor “dead” as the post proclaims.
io9’s sensationalism aside, the article does little to connect individual statements with factual data about reading habits and sales. But then again, these arguments are attributed to “a gang of critics”. What’s the point of…oh yeah…Sensationalism = Page Hits + Ad Dollars!
See also: David Louis Edelman’s response to this perennial battle cry.