Critical Mass of Deep Thoughts
Danger Gal pal Heather Massey from the Galaxy Express Blog debuted yesterday as a new blogger over at Tor. com. For her first post, Heather tackles a big idea: How Science Fiction is the genre of big ideas and how Romance can introduce the genre to a new audience (also, how that relates to Green Eggs and Ham too). Money quote:
Compared to other literary genres, science fiction shares many of the same fundamental ingredients [as other kinds of fiction]: ideas, words, sentences, conflict, characters, grammar, and punctuation. The differences, of course, lay in the execution of said ingredients. Science fiction and its myriad sub-genres taste far different to most people than does the usual thriller or mystery.
In fact, it can be downright bizarre, and thatâ€™s what we love about it. The genre dares to ask â€œwhat ifâ€ to the extent that our minds reach a critical mass of Deep Thoughts. But even when the speculative aspects are wrapped in beautifully crafted prose and explore concepts other than aliens and starships, many readers wouldnâ€™t touch it with a ten foot pole.
But, are they employing the right pole for the job?
Congrats to Heather on her new Tor.com gig. I can’t wait to see what other posts she has in store.
(I personally think Mynocks are kewl. Replicants: all kinds of awesome. And you know how I feel about Cylons.)