Some of the most powerful reading experiences are the ones that refuse to fit into just one pigeonhole. They defy categorization, because they’re both life-changing and label-breaking. Don’t believe me? Here are 11 books that are so incredibly good, they can’t be constrained to just one genre.
You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? Forget television or movies: books are where the really off-kilter stories are told in speculative fiction.
Sometimes, a work of fiction can be so powerful, it can speak for you and help you to sum up your own life. Some works are so profound, they become emblematic. And even help speak for you, to the people you've left behind. So which work of fiction would you like someone to read from at your funeral (or wake)?
Le Guin on Lessing: Read Ursula Le Guin's somewhat disparaging 1979 review of Doris Lessing's first straight-up science fiction novel, Shikasta, here.
Doris Lessing, who died today aged 94, wasn't just a Nobel Prize-winning literary author — she was also a major hero of science fiction. She was one of the first authors with mainstream acclaim to embrace, and her fiction is worth more than a hundred writing workshops, for aspiring SF authors.
These days, it seems like every other literary novel has speculative fiction ideas buried in it. This isn't a trend that suddenly burst out of nowhere — "literary" writers have been playing with fantastical notions forever. Here are 10 great literary books you didn't know were science fiction or fantasy.
So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no.
Doris Lessing is one of my favorite authors of all time, and I've raved about her work before. So it's exciting to see people in the science fiction world paying attention to the Nobel Prize-winning SF author.
When did I first realize that Generation-X nostalgia was a driving the entertainment industry off a cliff? First all the toys I'd broken were suddenly on the big screen, thrashing each other and cursing loudly. Then the cartoons I learned to masturbate while watching were being acted out - with gravitas - by real…
Doris Lessing was one of the first literary authors to venture into science fiction. She wrote about aliens and space wars at a time when the genre was still shedding its embarrassing pulp tatters. And while most literary authors have just lifted well-worn plot devices from science fiction, Lessing actually innovated…