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  •  SF is better written than it was in the 50s & 60s (8+ / 0-)

    or rather, it attends more to literary ambitions. It's a bit shocking that Asimov was one of the big three, when he lacks some of the most basic skills we expect from a writer. But he had big, bold, original ideas.

    I think there is more great SF being written now than ever before. There are a lot of authors I hear much buzz about, and have yet to try, for sure.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:25:00 PM PDT

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    •  I think Asimov earned that status with his sheer (7+ / 0-)

      volume. But I really enjoyed his work and I think I've read all of his fiction. In the end, that it made me think in new ways, made me turn pages, and made me happy I'd read it: that is truly what makes great literature, eh? The rest is just means to that end.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 11:16:32 PM PDT

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      •  To be fair, I haven't read him in awhile, and he (8+ / 0-)

        may be good at many things - but I found very few fully human characters in his work. He had a good sense of story, and he helped inspire a generation of SF writers to dream big - so I'm glad he was there early on, to pave the way.

        There is a danger, when we compare novels to the best ever written: we start expecting everyone to master every aspect of writing rich and massive tomes, like Tolstoy and Eliot did.

        So literary tastemakers downgrade the authors who do their own weird thing absolutely perfectly (e.g. Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, Isaac Asimov). Yet each of these, on their own turf, was untouchable - and each influenced hundreds of writers who came later.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 12:05:58 AM PDT

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    •  writers build on one another's work too (6+ / 0-)

      so SF has grown toward being more complex. And as you noted in other comments now there aren't so many preconceptions about what a "SF novel" or "serious novel" should be.

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