March 10th, 2007


science fiction - what's all that about then? - Three

A colleague at work recently lent me a Star Wars tie-in. He's a big fan and was surprised that I'd never read any of them. My defence, that you can't read everything, cut no ice, so he picked the one he thought was the best and handed it over.
I'm not going to say which one it was, or who wrote it. I just thought I'd post some of my thoughts, in view of the earlier debate about science fiction and what to do with it.
Well, it fair romped along. It would have made a pretty good movie; in fact, it cut from scene to scene just like a movie. My first reaction, though, was that it was quite poorly written.
And then I realised it wasn't poorly written. It was simply written. It didn't try to do anything big or clever or scary, it just did its job. And I thought that Kristin Kathryn Rusch was probably right - this kind of stuff is ideal as an entry-level read for people who don't normally read science fiction. The only fault in the argument is that Star Wars tie-ins are for Star Wars fans - the book I read did assume a more than passing familiarity with the movies on the part of the reader, who I guess would already be interested in science fiction. I think it's unlikely a non-science fiction reader, someone who hadn't seen the movies, would have much patience with it.
Still, it was something to think about.

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