Sunday, February 3, 2008

Pet Peeves

I have certain pet peeves when it comes to attempts to define science fiction. Here are a few:

1) Definitions that aim to exclude science fiction writers or subgenres you don't appreciate;

2) Definitions that aim to exclude your own works from science fiction just because you don't want to be labelled as a science fiction writer;

3) Definitions that seek to elevate science ficion over other non-elite genres; e.g., "science fiction is that branch of fantasy which does not suck (because it's so much more, like, rational, progressive, logical, systematic, relevant, etc.)";

4) Definitions that attempt to prescribe what future science fiction writers should attempt to do.

I have a few more almost peeves, but these are less about definitions than about origins and lineages, so I'll save those for another post.

What are your peeves?

1 comment:

lord running clam said...

when movies that are not in any way "cyberpunk" are labeled as such because of the way that they look. (Akira for example) < great movie though.