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  •  Lots of examples of great writing (11+ / 0-)

    in sf and fantasy.  Dick, Ballard, Moorcock (Dancers at the End of Time), Vance, Peake, Mieville just to get started.

    To add a slightly cynical note to the lists.  A large number of the entries date from before the recognition of sf as a specific discipline.  And a number of others (e.g. the ones by Huxley, Orwell, Atwood) were written by writers who already had literary reputations.  In other words the recognition of sf/fantasy as literary has a major cultural component (being written outside of the genre ghetto).

    re the NPR list - it is interesting and somewhat disappointing to me personally that the era in which I discovered sf (late 60s through late 70s) seems to be under-represented.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 08:17:21 PM PDT

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