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Old 5th Oct 2006, 15:33   #1
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I have just re-discovered the delights of science fiction. Is this a trait I should worry about
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Old 5th Oct 2006, 15:42   #2
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Heck no! How did you rediscover it, Patagonian? I've made a similar discovery myself in the last few years, and it was largely through Phillip K Dick and William Gibson (of whom Gil can say much more). One particular book or author, was it?
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Oh definitely. I think we've proved pretty conclusively in these pages that sci-fi is only enjoyed by social misfits and aliens.

Just joshing! I'm quite partial myself when I'm in the right mood (then again perhaps I come under one of the above categories).

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Someone once old me that there are scifi readers and crime readers and never the twain shall meet. I have to admit that I still reach for a Minette Walters or Barbara Vine when I want a "comfort read" so even though I don't go for scifi myself, I'd never say there was anything wrong with it.

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Someone once old me that there are scifi readers and crime readers and never the twain shall meet.

That's interesting, and I'd be tempted to agree, but I bet gil would fight you over it. He seems to enjoy a bit of Minette Walters if I recall.

Er, if you see what I mean.
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If necessary. I like sf, crime and spy fic as well as the literary stuff.

I hope patagonian is talking about quality sf.. Not these Star Trek / Star Wars spin-off things.
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Someone once old me that there are scifi readers and crime readers and never the twain shall meet. I have to admit that I still reach for a Minette Walters or Barbara Vine when I want a "comfort read" so even though I don't go for scifi myself, I'd never say there was anything wrong with it.

InterZone, the UK's most successful SF mag, and Crimewave, what may be the UK's most successful crime/mystery fiction mag, are both published by the same press and edited by the same man. So I'd say it wasn't that rare... :)
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I have just re-discovered the delights of science fiction. Is this a trait I should worry about
I agree with DB. No reason to worry at all.

I keep meaning to pick up one of Gil's recommendations, or some of the other 'quality' SF around. I've not managed it yet, because i hardly ever get the chance to read nowadays; but i'm sure there are other worlds out there that are full of wonder and meaning.

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sci-fi can be the finest distilate of an imagination let loose.
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it can be utter derivative slop.

as with music, anything pre 1974 is usually safest.
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chillicheese, was there anything specific about 1974 that changed music/potentially changed sci-fi? I was only a couple of years old at the time, so maybe I just didn't notice!

definitely original is always better than derivative. It's the aura, perhaps, or whatever word you can think of to describe what is lost when something is copied. I'm wondering if maybe I hould try reading some sci-fi... I'd only want something really imaginative and original though, so maybe some tips?
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