The ‘ayes’ have it!


I’ve been debating including American Gods in the book.

Pro:  it’s a really good book, with interesting claims about religion.

Con:  I’m afraid I’m already going over the wordcount parameters:  80K, +/- 10%.  [Coincidentally, that’s exactly the same as my dissertation parameters — and my first draft was 125K.  No, they didn’t give me 1.5 Ph.D.s . . . they made me cut 30%.  Really don’t want to do that again.]

Pro:  ending with something published at the very beginning of the 21st century, and 75 years after the founding of Amazing (i.e., on the 75th anniversary of gSF) is pleasingly symmetrical.

Con:  it’s usually described as fantasy, not gSF.  To me, it just feels like science fiction, but as a rule I’ve been avoiding stories in which gods actually make an appearance.  [If they’re around to ask, you don’t need ‘religion’ to figure out what they want you to do, just competent administration.  ;o)  ]

Pro:  as it turns out, Gaiman thinks it’s science fiction!  I had the opportunity to ever-so-briefly talk to him at a book signing, about (you guessed it) religion in science fiction.  Quote:  “People keep telling me it’s fantasy, but it’s not.  It’s science fiction.  There’s a long tradition of ‘religious’ science fiction, like Roger Zelazny.”

I guess the ‘ayes’ have it.  Note to self . . . make sure I included Lord of Light!


3 thoughts on “The ‘ayes’ have it!

  1. themournewitch

    Ok.. So I keep typing this on my phone and keep messing up. Yay internets fails.

    As I am a bit of a fan girl (yours and Neil’s) this whole conversation is really exciting. I never thought of American Gods as fantasy either. Honestly I wouldn’t have said SF either, but I’m still learning.

    Ok, I’ll finish here and hopefully not hit anything with my awkward fingers…

    1. Steven Hrotic Post author

      It’s funny — my partner just read it . . . she doesn’t read gSF, but grew up reading Stephen King; she thought it read like a horror novel. I can kind of see how all the genre designations make sense — but isn’t blurring the boundaries between genres a feature of the last decade or so? E.g., I’m falling in love with a mysterious stranger . . . who turns out to be a vampire and will help me with my detective agency. ;o)


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