In Defense Of Science Fiction
I don’t talk about sci-fi on this blog a lot. But, when I do, it’s usually negative.
You know, I just haven’t read a ton of science fiction in my day–or at least what might be considered “true science fiction.” And the sci-fi I have read…well, Neuromancer. And, well, I bashed Snow Crash in my review last week.
And Snow Crash had such potential. But it was like a marathon runner who’s leading the race after 5 miles, then tears his ACL.
All that said, I realize I have skewed views on science fiction. And the two books from the Time list (Neuromancer and Snow Crash) aren’t helping my biased viewpoint.
What I’m trying to say here is I know there’s some good science fiction out there. And I know I’m probably hopelessly ignorant on this subject, as hard as I try to get it. I just can’t.
So today is your opportunity to tell me where I’m wrong. Or, if you so choose, to pat me on the back for my brilliance.
What do you consider to be good science fiction? And what exactly IS science fiction in the first place?
What about Ender’s Game? Dune? I haven’t read either of those, but I’ve heard great things about them.
I know there HAS to be good sci-fi out there, right? But, if I’ve disliked two novels considered to be the best of sci-fi, then am I a hopeless case?
Someone please tell me there is hope yet!