- Aug 2, 2009
Which do you prefer?
Great Iron Maiden songI voted for science fiction. The "imaginative literature" that I prize most is a handful of works of fantasy, rather than science fiction (I have said here that I would give up all non-Inklings science fiction rather than give up "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"), but I'm far more tolerant of an ordinary level of achievement in science fiction than in fantasy. I love a few great works of fantasy more than any sf, but I can read a lot of sf with pleasure while a great deal of fantasy has no appeal whatever for me.
Allowances have to be made for admitted fantasies. They don't allow Vulcan editors.It never ceases to amaze me that some people will pedant you to death over some quirk of acceleration forces or oxygen levels in your sci fi then happily accept utter drivel about wizzard schools, spells and magic swords in fantasy. (You know who you are! )
I like them both - separately, in combination, hybridized, weird - and can't choose one or the other.
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