The best rant on io9 this week:
If geek stuff is so hip, then why are two of the season’s biggest scifi hits, CBS show Eleventh Hour and bestselling Neal Stephenson novel Anathem, adamantly classified as Not Scifi? Because nerd culture will never be pop culture. That’s why Borders slashed its scifi section. And it’s why JJ Abrams, director of the new Star Trek movie, denied that it’s for fans of the scifi franchise, instead telling Entertainment Weekly that “it’s for fans of movies.” Successful science fiction, in other words, is still stealth. To get your spaceships and freaky science into the mainstream, you have to hate yourself just enough to shove your inner dork into a gym locker and keep her there.
Why is it, do you think, that the mainstream still makes science fiction jump through hoops that crime fiction and historical fiction doesn’t have to?