Posts Tagged ‘mainstream fiction’

The Hidebound Mainstream

When people ask me Why do you write science fiction?, there is often another question lurking underneath: Why would you Want to?

I’m going to trot out this answer from now on: Mainstream is too restrictive for me.

Read Dave Wolverton’s terrific article in Tangent , celebrating fantasists and arguing that  mainstream fiction is snobbishly restrictive in permissible subject matter. He shows that there are unspoken restrictions in literary fiction: 1) tales must lack form ; 2) only certain types of characters must be portrayed; 3) certain conflicts and settings are forbidden; Read More…