Endtable Pile, Continued

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017-11-12 13:00:00 No comments

Some more thoughts on my SF&F reading problem, as it were.

I've mentioned before how a lot of my indifference to what goes on in SF&F right now has been, for lack of a better word, studied. I'm big on waiting until the noise dies down about something before seeing whether or not it survives its moment in time, and because there's just so much stuff flying around right now, time is one of the better ways to have this kind of sifting done for you.

That's problem #1: when you get in the habit of letting time do your choosing for you, you also get into the habit of procrastinating for the sake of procrastinating.

Problem #2, the "exception to the rule" problem: I've mentioned before how my entry points into SF&F tended to be through sui generis works and authors, and how that's been a problem. It means my taste for the stuff was shaped and guided mainly by the exception to the rule, not the rule itself.

For the longest time, I wanted to view this as a good thing, because it meant I was proactively getting something out of my experiences in that genre. Life's short, and I didn't want to waste time on things that would have nothing more to offer me than anything outside of the genre did.

On the other hand, this has been depriving me of an opportunity to see how other people are attempting to make sense of the moment in time that they happen to be in. Even if I don't have to do exactly that, it would be instructive for me to see what approaches other people take — yes, even if I end up not liking them.

Tags: reading science fiction