Saturday, August 23, 2014

The 10 best advanced-level sci-fi classics

The 10 best advanced-level sci-fi classics  

Link via SF Signal.

4 comments:

Todd Mason said...

"LITTLE, BIG BY JOHN CROWLEY

If you know much about sci-fi, you’ll know that Crowley’s quiet yet expansive epic – which the revered/reviled literary critic Harold Bloom called “a neglected masterpiece” before comparing its achievement to that of Alice in Wonderland – is technically “fantasy”; it’s got fairies and impossibilities where sci-fi is more about improbable (and often horrifying) projections of the future. Still,the complex, emotional narrative incorporates enough elements of sci-fi – and its bed-fellow dystopia – to make for a good introduction to what the genre has to offer."

Lauren Olyer's taste isn't too bad...pity she doesn't know [redacted] about the literature. And thank goodness her ignorance is being promoted by both DAZED and, more annoyingly, SF SIGNAL.

Bill Crider said...

As I often remind Scott Cupp, he recommended this to me when it first appeared, and I bought a copy and read it. I didn't much care for it, for reasons I don't know recall. Thanks to recent discussions on FM, I figure it's because my IQ is too low.

Todd Mason said...

Crowley can be a bit twee, if not as haplessly so as the reviewer here.

Todd Mason said...

Or "drily twee" if such a thing can be imagined, w/o reading Crowley or some others who will reach for the cute and treat it with deadly seriousness (even when deadly serious with humor).