Archives for literary fiction

Why Sci Fi? (Part 2)

In my last post, I established the cultural value of sci-fi. However, just because it has cultural value, does that mean it has literary value? In order to evaluate whether or not sci-fi/fantasy belongs in the larger category of literary fiction, we first need to define some terms. What makes literary fiction, well, literary? And what makes sci-fi/fantasy, sci-fi/fantasy? Literary fiction, I feel, is best described as a thought provoking work of art in book form. They are narratives that transcend time, genre, and resonate with ideas. At its best, literary fiction should be a learning experience, a spiritual experience,
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Why Sci-Fi?

As a genre, science fiction and its relatives (from horror, to fantasy, to dystopias) are by in large dismissed by the literary community. To me, to dismiss sci-fi and fantasy is to dismiss George Orwell (1984), Margaret Atwood (Handmaid’s Tale), Mary Shelly (Frankenstein), Bram Stoker (Dracula), Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), and Beowulf, to name a few.  Recently, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Michael Chabon wrote of his frustrations early in his writing career when his sci-fi flavored stories were dismissed and ridiculed.  On the surface, the literary community makes some good points. The otherworldly impossibilities are often times nothing more than imaginative
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The Art of Getting “Snowed In”–Notes from a Writer’s Retreat

I can still recall the first time I visited Walden Pond on a misty winter’s day.  Having read deeply, or rather “sucked out all the marrow” from Henry David Thoreau’s literary retreat into the woods, I vowed that one day I too would live so deliberately, so solitarily, so close to nature that I might feel that inspiration which is lovelier than diamonds descending all around me like heaven’s crystalline tears. Back then, I was a college student in Boston and there were classes to attend, unfinished reports and exams to consider—not to mention the constant demands of friends and
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