Sunday, 23 April 2017
Good As SF?
There used to be a debate about whether sf should be judged by the same literary criteria as any other fiction or whether it could be good as sf provided that its ideas were original and were developed logically. I think that the issue still exists. Obviously we want sf that combines literary qualities with imaginative concepts.
I say this for three reasons:
first, we find, perhaps to our surprise, that, despite his pulp action-adventure origins, Poul Anderson's prose is of high quality as I have tried to demonstrate;
secondly, SM Stirling is a worthy successor of Anderson by both sets of criteria;
thirdly, having been drawn into rereading Stieg Larsson's thrillers, I might be with them for some time and might therefore find less to say here.