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I can't really claim to ever have read enough sci-fi to have a real opinion on that. Legolas Send a noteboard - 04/04/2017 06:57:54 PM

View original postOnly one book really qualifies as science fiction and what if is the point of having a YA subsection if most of the novels nominated are YA?

But on the fantasy side of things, it does seem like an era has ended or is ending, with indeed the YA fantasy cannibalizing the genre. Some of those are good or even excellent, but most of it seems fairly trite and boring. On the other hand, there's certainly also more variety, writers of more varied backgrounds, and generally people trying out new things that push the borders and conventions of the genre - but those generally aren't the biggest sellers.
View original postIt almost impossible to find any actual science fiction anymore. My daughter asked me if considered myself a nerd and said I used to but not anymore. Nerds used to like science fiction because they liked the idea of science, now they like the idea of being a nerd and don't want to be bored with any stupid science mucking up the fantasy.

Well, honestly, that critique is as old as the first Star Wars movie, if not much older even. I'm sure the so-called 'hard' sci-fi is still being written? Pretty much anything is still being written, just not necessarily selling much.
View original postI blame YA and a generation that grew up watching comic books instead of reading them. And liberals I blame liberals.

It's certainly a reality that kids today are growing up in a world that leaves less space for sitting down with a book and doing nothing but reading for a couple of hours, as people in your generation and even mine did plenty of. So I guess the best-selling books are indeed those that move fast and don't penalize those with a short attention span - a number of classic novels whether in the SF&F genre or outside it have become almost unreadable to most children today, even among those who like to read. But that's less of a problem if you look beyond only the books that get the most attention, I think.
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SCFI is much like rock and roll, not dead but not really alive either - 03/04/2017 07:22:53 PM 1956 Views
I can't really claim to ever have read enough sci-fi to have a real opinion on that. - 04/04/2017 06:57:54 PM 2009 Views
I'm familiar with earlier works by the novel finalists - 04/04/2017 03:47:04 AM 1958 Views

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