Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hey, only *we* can do that to our pledges!

From the 'biting the hand that feeds you' department, by way of the NY Times: Science Fiction writers around the globe are breathing a sigh of relief that Episode III is coming out and ending the series, because, apparently, it's been casting a horrible shadow on them that none of them could bear. Here's the remarks of writer/snob Richard K. Morgan:

"It's just such a huge shame," he said. "Anyone who is a practitioner of science fiction is constantly dogged by the ghettoization of the genre. And a lot of that comes from the very simplistic, 2-D Lucasesque view of what science fiction has to offer."

Yep, he used the word 'ghettoization' when comparing Star Wars to sci-fi. Wow. The article says that Sci-fi writers deem Star Wars as only being a 'space opera', which is amusing because Lucas has been beating them to the punch ever since A New Hope. He never claimed it was Science Fiction, yet these authors seem to point to him for all that has ailed them.

It's sad how quickly these people forget that Lucas put Science Fiction back on the map and helped put paychecks in their hands for years. It acted as a gateway drug to the more hardcore works these guys put out, completely contrary to what these authors see as being a detriment to the sci-fi industry.

One problem with "Star Wars," science fiction writers say, is that it is not, ultimately, concerned with science, but rather with a timeless vision of good and evil.

How is that a 'problem'? Tell me how that is a PROBLEM. Not high minded enough for you? There's a STOP button on your DVD player, folks. Eject it, Pop in the director's cut of Blade Runner and rub your gentials for a few hours, it's your Netflix membership. But don't tell me that Star Wars is crapping on your lawn. Who wants to put money down that without Star Wars, Blade Runner never gets made (or at least gets the budget, A-list talent, or marketing support)? Nobody? Didn't think so.

Finally, Ray Bradbury chimes in:

"The problem was he made a sequel," Mr. Bradbury said. "People have tried to get me to do a sequel to 'The Martian Chronicles,' but I've never done it. Sequels are a bad idea."

The quote should have ended, "...when your movie is 'The Martian Chronicles'." *gag*

I definitely encourage everyone to read the entire article, if only to see how trapped in their own alternate universe these people are. While I will always agree that Science Fiction definitely didn't start with Star Wars, nobody can argue how it made everyone take notice and give Sci-Fi mainstream exposure on a level that had never been seen before. The fact that so many authors have been able to find an audience for their work is evidence to the exposure that Lucas helped them find. Don't be "above" Star Wars- instead, embrace it for what it is (a fun, entertaining story about good and evil) and pat yourself on the back that you're writing something much more thought provoking.

And then, keep it to yourself.