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Across the Universe - Science Fiction - ‘Counting Heads,’ by David Marusek - New York Times

Sunday March 05th 2006, 11:59 am

Across the Universe - Science Fiction - ‘Counting Heads,’ by David Marusek - New York Times

The New York Times has a new Science Fiction column, and the guy writing it has balls:

But what truly shames me is that I cannot turn to any of these people, or to my friends, or to you, and say: Whether you read books because you have a genuine, lifelong passion for literature or because a feisty woman in Chicago tells you to — you should pick up this new work of science fiction I just finished reading, because you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I cannot do this in good conscience because if you were to immerse yourself in most of the sci-fi being published these days, you would probably enjoy it as much as one enjoys reading a biology textbook or a stereo manual. And you would very likely come away wondering, as I do from time to time, whether science fiction has strayed so far from the fiction category as a whole that, though the two share common ancestors, they now seem to have as much to do with each other as a whale has to do with a platypus.


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