While ducking the truckloads of mud being slung around romanceland this week, I strayed over to the dark side tonight to see what the Borg are up to. I know, that's like picking at a scab, but I'm trying to be more open and optimistic and . . . just shut up and let me write the post, okay?
Problem #1: Evidently SF's best writers (aside from H.G Wells) are being neglected.
". . . I do see that a wall much like the Great Wall of China has been erected against SF — although H.G.Wells has escaped the general banishment." -- Brian Aldiss, SF writer, Why are science fiction's best writers so neglected?
Possbile Solution #1: Repackage their books and let the Sci-Fi Channel fans discover them.
"As I see it, there are currently two schools of thought – to package your SF/F novel to appeal to as wide a readership as possible, in the hope of enticing readers from other areas of the bookstore to pick it up on a whim; or to package your SF/F novel to appeal to the perceived core readership of the genre, or indeed, fans of Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who, people who want a book with a spaceship or a wizard on the front of it." -- Solaris editor, Marrying Authors to Their Market: A Genre Perspective.
My Idea: Put a nicely-built chick in white spandex on the cover. I still get avid fan mail from guys about the art for Endurance, and no, I still don't know who the model was.
Problem #2: No SF books on the NYT Notable List this year.
". . . our genre also no longer has a guaranteed five or six slots on the “Notable Books” list." -- Tor Editor, New York Times to science books: Drop dead.
Possible Solution #2: Remember that there are worse things than being stiffed by the Times.
". . . I started to wonder how I’d gotten so sidetracked in priorities over the last few years, placing higher and higher attention to the dayjob and less to things I truly loved. I felt like I’d fallen behind by three years, and lost a chunk of my life." -- Tobias Buckell, SF writer, Despair.
My Idea: Say out loud that "I accept the things that I cannot change . . . " prayer while using the Times as kitty box liner.
That takes care of romance and SF. Now if I could just get Storytellers Unplugged to dump the new format, which oddly enough is harder on my eyes than the old blue-on-blue one -- is anyone else having the same problem? Did they shrink the font, or what?