Monday, June 18, 2007

The Science Fiction Age is Just Beginning

Marc Andreessen has posted a list of, in his opinion, the Top Ten science fiction writers of the 00s, and, with names like Charles Stross, Richard Morgan, John Scalzi and Ken MacLeod, there's not much to argue with. What I find most interesting is his opening statement, in which he says, "Writing in a variety of styles, this crew is arguably more insightful, more interesting, higher intensity, and bolder than many (but not all!) of their predecessors -- and in my view revitalizing the genre at a time when more new technologies that will radically reshape all our lives are incubating and percolating than ever before." Not only then does he imply by extension that science fiction is the best it has ever been, but moreover, that - and this is the part that pushes my buttons - its social relevance is at an all time high. Let's look at that last line again: "...at a time when more new technologies that will radically reshape all our lives are incubating and percolating than ever before." Amen.

Now, where was Ian McDonald in that list?

11 comments:

Cheryl said...

But Lou, you know the rules. If fiction is relevant to our lives it can't possible be science fiction, because everyone knows that sci-fi is just escapist rubbish, right?

Lou Anders said...

Paradigms can shift on a dime.

Cheryl said...

Shift on a dime? Nah, that was Eduardo Paradigmnho, the famous Brasylian futbol player.

Looking forward to the Copa America. USA v Argentina, June 28th. Playing with the big boys now.

dave hutchinson said...

Of course, I'm not on it, which stings a bit. Does that mean I have to wait until the 2010s...?
Seriously, it's great to see Richard Morgan on the list; I wasn't wild about Market Forces, but the Kovacs books are things of considerable wonder.

Lou Anders said...

I have only read the first, which is true of a lot of series (including the one with the boy wizard), but I was very impressed.

Lou Anders said...

Incidentally, the discussion of SF in the comment section of Andreessen's post is interesting.

Tim Akers said...

Hurray Morgan!

dave hutchinson said...

Yes, that is interesting, isn't it? Thanks for pointing it out; I hadn't bothered to scroll down that far. Of course, it's only a snapshot of opinion...

Lou Anders said...

Yes, though I was glad to see Kay Kenyon called out there.

dave hutchinson said...

And Ian McDonald.

Lou Anders said...

yes, and several nods for Ian!