22536What Is/Is Not SF? (was: NPR top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy titles poll)
- Aug 3, 2011On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Darrell A. Martin <darrellm@...> wrote:
>*chuckle* It's also one of SF fandom's favorite games.
> On 8/3/2011 2:39 PM, Margaret Dean wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM, Darrell A. Martin<darrellm@...> wrote:
> >> "1984" is an alternate history, or historical fiction. Not SF&F. "Animal
> >> Farm" is in the same categories as "1984", but as a beast fable
> >> qualifies for the list, I suppose.
> > When "1984" was written, it was (dystopian) SF. Nowadays, it might
> > qualify as alternate history, but I don't think that should
> > necessarily bump it out of the SF category.
> Arguing about categories definitely comes under the heading "de gustibus
> non est disputandum". But that won't stop me....
> I just don't see how "1984" qualifies as SF. A near future setting isConsidering that Damon Knight defined SF as "what I'm pointing to when
> not enough, or the genre begins to lose all useful meaning.
I say it..."
Okay, I'll bite. What is *your* definition of SF? Or maybe I should
ask, what do you consider to be its qualifying features?
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