I think readers who float by this page may just have had some SciFi in their background. I mean from back when it was more acceptable to read Marquis de Sade than SciFi. When SciFi was what you read under the bedclothes when everyone else was asleep. When you wandered around going “wow” and it didn’t have anything to do with recreational substances. When your folks wrung their hands and said “they’ll grow out of it” in that hopeful, uncertain tone of voice.
If you recognise that, then known this, puny earthlings; I enjoyed this writer’s blog/advertorial and may have laughed out loud once or twice:
I think Urban Fantasy inherited some of the fun from SciFi, and certainly, that’s where the core concept question of UF came from: the “what if you put paranormal and normal side by side” is a classic SciFi structure.
What do you think?
Is it possible to keep all the good stuff – the startling plot twists, the sense of awe, the deep questions, the fun … and also have characters, plot, pacing, believability and relevance?
And is there a parallel between ‘golden age’ SciFi and the current state of publishing – that there are a lot more books out there than there are good books out there?
I’m interested to know your take on it.