Japanese literary darling Haruki Murakami and fantasy author China Mieville have a lot in common: their use of language, their thoughtful creation of a "secondary world," and more. So why don't people read both? Eric Rosenfield wants to know.
Where would we be without genre labels? Free to write new and weird idioms, possibly. But a couple of recent blog posts make the case that genres aren't cages, they're toolkits that tell you how to read a particular text.
When is science fiction not science fiction? When it's literature, according to British journalist David Barnett, who's noticed that British authors aren't necessarily happy to call their books "science fiction" if they can help it.