Sci-Fi Fantasy. Where to draw the line.
- What line? Where? I've had many long discussions about drawing the
line between Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and most of the evidence points to
the difference being marketing strategy. "Fantasy" books sell to
Demographic A and "Science Fiction" books sell to demographic B,
hence marketing departments like the terms, though the division is
practically meaningless in terms of literary distinction.
As a point to ponder. The term "Science Fiction" represents the
broadest of all possible literary spectrums, including every possible
situation from the creation to the eventual annihilation of every
concievable universe. Therefore, all other forms of writing, being
more limited, are subsets of Science-Fiction. (Try to convince the
editors of the New Yorker of this and you will be forever banished
from the annals of society--or at least from the pages of the New
Yorker--but it's good for a laugh.)
So what is everyone reading this week?