Friday, January 2, 2015

Science fiction roundup

Arthur C. Clarke

"Ninety-seven percent of science fiction is adolescent rubbish, but good science fiction is the best (and only) literature of our times."
-- Robert Anton Wilson

(1) My interview with Ken Liu, translator of Liu Cixin's The Third-Body Problem, has posted.  The book reminded me of Arthur C. Clarke, and Liu discusses this and other matters.

(2) Tyler Cowen on Jo Walton's book about re-reading science fiction classics. To be honest, I wish I could read a book of Arthur Hlavaty's science fiction criticism instead.

(3) Michael Moorcock, the anti-Tolkien. Follow the link, but see the comments. Moorcock's description of Tolkien seems wildly inaccurate.

(4) Quotations from Arthur C. Clarke. I'm thinking of re-reading him when I finish my current Gene Wolfe binge.


Arthur Hlavaty said...

Thank you. I wish I could write one, though I wouldn't expect it to be as good as Jo's.

Love the Clarke quotes, and I've enjoyed a lot of his fiction. Girls Lean Back Everywhere, a history of censorship, reports that Allen Ginsberg and friends were debating representatives of the establishment, moderated by Clarke, and Ginsberg was worried (he may have had as stereotyped a view of sf as the straight culture had of beatniks), but "he turned out to be a gay Zen Buddhist and it went very well."

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

What a great anecdote, and I rather think I should hunt up and read the book.

Arthur Hlavaty said...

An excellent book, written by Edward De Grazia, one of the lawyers fighting the good fight against the smut stompers.