Why do critics sneer at sci-fi? asks Sam Jordison today on the Guardian blog. And it's a question I know resonates with some of my blog readers too.
Sam points out that the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy merit scarcely a mention on the literary pages. Or, as he pointed out in an earlier post, science fiction is often recognised by the literary community ... but it often gets tagged with a different label, including works by Kurt Vonnegut, Angela Carter, JG Ballard and Thomas Pynchon. (I could add of course Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.) .
Sam's been doing his own bit to redress the balance, and today takes a look at a 1953 Hugo winner, Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man.
And to show I ain't no booksnob either, here's a link to the 2007 Hugo shortlist. The winner was Rainbows End by Vernon Verge.