Think back to the days when video games and computer games (if
you care to make the distinction) were making their presence felt.
A new medium for storytelling, these games did not take their
stories seriously, nor would the literary establishment have taken
them seriously if they had tried. Many (including myself) would
argue that with video games this is still the case. No Harold
was the same with film, and the same with novels before that. Each new medium must prove
itself capable of carrying the tripe before it is permitted to carry the jewels of culture. What
is interesting about this state of affairs from the point of view of an SF afficionado is that SF
(along with other non-mainstream genres such as Fantasy and Alternate History) seems to me to
be more prevalent among the early titles of these genres (with perhaps the exception of the
novel). Or maybe not. What do you think?
I will publish the results of this poll as soon as I get a substantial (20? 100? I can dream!) number
of replies, so tell your friends and family to get over here and answer the question for me. The
potential "so what?" of this poll: if the perception exists that SF and other unconventional
(un-literary) genres lead the way in introducing a new genre, the following useful questions
1. Why does this phenomenon exist?
2. What effect does this phenomenon have on the cultural perception of the emerging
3. Does this phenomenon contribute to the continuing refusal of the literary canon to include
unconventional genre literature (or at least admit that it already contains unconventional
And doubtless many others. If any occur to you, please list them in the comments below, along
with the usual.