The Genre of Sci-Fi Needs to be Recognized as Literary

By: Joseph Szalinski

Science fiction (sci-fi) isn’t considered to be as legitimate as more “classic” genres like drama, comedy, or even horror. This is especially true in literature, where even quality sci-fi is often denounced in favor of subpar literary fiction, simply because the latter is “familiar” and more realistic. But just because sci-fi isn’t immediately relatable, for most, on the surface, doesn’t mean that there isn’t any worthwhile material within. Sci-fi employs a myriad of philosophical themes that an audience can connect to. These themes give sci-fi its poignancy. If sci-fi started banal and inane dialogues, it would have already withered and died as a genre. read more . . .