Thursday, November 25, 2004

Mundane SF discussed elsewhere by authors and critics

Posted by Trent Walters at 7:39 PM
Niall Harrison, of all the critics listed, seems to have the best insight into the Mundane:
"[I]t sounds partially tongue-in-cheek (in the manifesto they say that the undersigned are 'temporarily united'), partially like regular hard SF ('focusing on what science tells us is likely rather than what is almost impossible such as warp drives'), and partially like, well, the sort of stuff that Geoff Ryman writes, really. And although I'm not really ready to give up space opera just yet, the idea of 'earth is all we have' as the most likely forseeable future is hard to argue with."

He perceptively reviewed Geoff Ryman's novel, Air, here, saying:
"Air embraces the world that we know above a world that might be for almost its entire length. In this, it is perhaps a pin-up book for Mundane SF."

Jonathan Strahan writes:
"Seems pretty sensible to me, and it looks like it describes work by some of the more interesting writers in the field today. Still, do we need another movement?""

Martin Lewis gets a little vehement (but this is his most clever albeit misguided bit):
"[Y]ou've always got to treat those who wish to leap into a hair shirt with a bit of caution. Looking at the checklist of dos and don'ts however, mundane SF just seems like hard SF with an injection of hippy nonsense*. It looks like another attempt to gloss a form of artisitic conservatism with a false patina of rigour."

Gardner Dozois brings in a lot of SF history in his critique, Jack Skillingstead, Matt Jarpe, Lou Antonelli, and I responded (response No. 85). Skillingstead showed some remarkable discernment:
"Probably the Mundaners are taking the 1st dictionary definition as their starting point: "Of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular," rather than a notion of dullness. Not a bad idea in terms of a story telling net (if you try to play without a net the game gets sloppy; other nets: viewpoint/wordcount/beginnings-middles-etc.)"

My response in the Asimov's board should clarify a number of the misunderstandings.


Blogger aiya said...

Obama Is Lying<1>Office 2010When was the last time the MSM took a Republican's side in a fight over credibility with a Democratic opponent? Well, it has been a while. Microsoft Office 2010
However, conservatives have little to grumble about in the recent face-off between Barack Obama and John McCain over McCain's statement that Microsoft wordtroops might have to remain for "100 years" in Iraq "as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed" after Office 2007Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft Office 2007 Office 2007 keyOffice 2007 downloadOutlook 2010Windows 7Microsoft outlookMicrosoft outlook 2010

11/07/2010 11:44:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home