Escaping the ghetto

Science fiction writer Mike Brotherton writes a great piece about exposing SF works to a larger audience outside of the genre fiction silos that publishers put them into (i.e. “escaping the ghetto”), and applies a delicious takedown of Michael Crichton in the process:

In my opinion, however, he has three fatal flaws and my intellectual integrity prevents me from using him as a model for how to get science fiction to the wider public. His themes are consistently anti-science, he makes large and consistent errors in getting the science right, and he consistently insists he’s not just a writer but that his M.D. and his research gives him expertise on the science he gets wrong. Oh, and he’s a dick, too, writing one critic into a book of his as a child rapist.

Timely article for me, as I’ve been struggling with the issue of how to make my first foray into a genre work accessible to my “usual” audience and also legitimate with typical SF readers as well.

posted 7/25/08 at 1:02pm to Science!, Writing · 1 reply · »

1 reply to “Escaping the ghetto”

  1. Holden said:

    Two things:

    1. Mike Brotherton’s opinion on Crichton? BEST EVER.
    2. Jack Spicer never wanted his work to leave the SF Bay Area.

    From the peninsula-island,
    Holden

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:22pm

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