Windhaven by George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle is described on Wikipedia as a “science fiction and fantasy” novel. This triggers me, really. As one might know, I endorse a strong demarcation between both genres of speculative fiction. Only almost everyone has his or her own definitions of science fiction and fantasy, and as always with definitions, discussions on this topic cannot be settled in a definite way. Continue reading →
A middle-aged, hairy man stepped into a small room. There he found a half-dozen of other folks, who did not look at him with joy. Quite the contrary, he could see the others were angry, very angry at him. He would not be here, if he were not summoned to come to this place – and even being summoned was not sufficient reason for him to actually show up here. It was their threat to kill him, if he did not come here, which convinced him to joy these folks. Continue reading →
My local public library has a special section for science fiction and fantasy. As a admirer of (hard) science fiction I should like the existence of such section. However, if you look at the titles at the shelves of this section, then you will see that it mostly fantasy. A rough guess of mine would be that about three quarter is fantasy. Continue reading →
I couldn’t have put it more clearly.
Update: And even Mr Lucas himself states that SW is not science fiction.