Re: [mythsoc] NPR top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy titles poll
- On 8/3/2011 2:39 PM, Margaret Dean wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM, Darrell A. Martin<darrellm@...> wrote:Margaret:
>> "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.
> "Animal Farm" is beast-fable, yes, but also well-constructed allegory.
> CSL thought it a better book than "1984."
> --Margaret Dean
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 is
not enough, or the genre begins to lose all useful meaning. Ditto for
allegory. The combination of the two doesn't do it for me either.
"Animal Farm" got one of my 10 votes.
- On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM, Lisa Harrigan <auntie_m_groups@...> wrote:
Most of these should not be on a Best of All Time list, because they are
Brand New, some trilogies have not even had book 3 printed yet, Series.
How do they get on a Best of All Times List?This is a fair point. I do think it's valid to want to include things that are new, so you get the full range of classic to contemporary. But series that aren't completed yet really shouldn't qualify.-Alana
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