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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jason Sanford sees the future of Sci-Fi

Jason Sanford, the author of weird, unclassifiable Sci-Fi stories, recently posted on his blog that he thinks the future of science fiction is something he calls Sci-Fi Strange. As with any literary movement it is easy to spot but hard to explain, and Mr. Sanford doesn't do that great a job of explaining, but from reading the examples he linked to* in the post it seems SFS is a genre that blurs the lines between fantasy, realism, and science fiction so thoroughly that it is impossible to tell what genre the work belongs to. Therefore, invent a new one. Sci-Fi Strange's most frequent haunts? Genre magazines like Clarkesworld, Interzone, and Strange Horizons**.

You can read the post here.

And you can read Mr. Sanford's brilliant Sci-Fi Strange piece, "The Ships Like Clouds, Risen By Their Rain" here. I can't even begin to explain this one, but let's just say it takes place on a world in which clouds are replaced by ships and the ships drop organic materials on the people below and slowly bury their houses, so they have to keep building up to avoid being buried alive. So imaginative.

*All of which are amazing. You should definitely take the time to read them all.
**In fact, I have a short story titled "The New Fantasy--FURTHUR!," which could probably be classified as Sci-Fi Strange, that has been rejected by Clarkesworld, and is currently being looked at by Strange Horizons. I didn't know about Interzone, so I'll definitely have to send it to them if SH doesn't want it. It's a good story, so I hope one of them takes it so y'all can read it.