"Some people reading the above will sneer the ineradicable sneer. The hell with them."
- from page x of the preface in The Wind From a Burning Woman. I found curious the stories Petra and The White Horse Child very much corroborated this sentiment.
From: Greg Bear
Snobbery and aristocratic class sentiment pollutes much of academia, and always has--certainly since the days of H.G. Wells, who commented upon class distinctions in popular lit. Still true today. Children's writing, comedy, science fiction--just not high kulcha. So let's party!
From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
I had to dig out my copy of WIND FROM A BURNING WOMAN to look up this quote.
It amazes me that the Literati are still as insular and psuedo-elitist nearly a quarter century after my sojourn amongst them. Back then they were all afraid of the Apple IIe word processor, now they all have web-pages and email thru their department's website.
It becomes more and more counter productive for Literati to turn a blind or scornful eye on Science Fiction, since compared to a quarter of a century ago are lives are A LOT MORE science fictional.
Reviewing your intro to literature and philosophy in the preface sited I remembered it was your ENTHUSED descriptions of STARMAKER at a Seminar that lead to my own investigation of Stapledon and beyond..that and Clarke always name dropping him.