Notes from The Buffer Zone: The Shifting World Order

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I can't get used to it, no matter how much I try. I really can't. I'm constantly astonished by the fact that the rest of the world has fallen in love with superheroes, magic, and space opera.

I watch late night talk show hosts squee over plot twists in Game of Thrones, and I marvel. I listen to news announcers reference Star Trek in a hard news story about, say, politics, and I can't believe it. I hear librarians talk about ordering more fantasy novels, and I'm astonished.

Used to be . . . librarians complained about spending hard-earned library dollars on that dreck. Used to be . . . librarians hid the dreck in side rooms and pointed those rooms out only when someone asked.

Used to be . . .

The world wasn't a better place back then. I'm not one of those people who wants to return to the SF ghetto. I fought for decades to get the wider world to recognize the literary goodness of SF & F. I wanted this world. I wanted everyone to see what I seeā€”just how great our genre really is.

I'm just not used to it.

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