The SFFaudio Podcast #166

O nouă discuţie foarte interesantă pe sffaudio.com, între Jesse, Luke şi profesorul Rabkin, despre formele pe care le poate lua literatura SFF: povestirea, nuveleta, nuvela, romanul, cartea “fix-up” sau trilogia. Chiar dacă discuţia deviază uneori prea mult, şi aceste rătăciri sunt teribil de interesante; şi da, sunt de acord cu ei: deşi Asimov nu este Joyce, este unul dintre scriitorii de geniu ai secolului XX, iar scrierile lui Robert J. Swayer sunt mai mult decât mediocre.

Here’s the premise: Science Fiction Forms: Short Story, Novella, Fix-Up, Novel, Trilogy, and World. Respectively, they might be exemplified thus: Short Story (“Mars Is Heaven!“), Novella (“Flowers for Algernon“), Fix-Up (The Martian Chronicles, which contains a revised version of “Mars Is Heaven!” orThe Seedling StarsAccelerando, and Beggars In Spain, all of which began as novellas), Novel (originals, like 1984, and derivatives like Flowers for Algernon or Varley’s novel Millennium coming from his short story “Air Raid“), Trilogy (original Foundation series), World (the ultimate Foundation world or Heinlein’s Future History [shared with others] or Banks’s Culture or LeGuin’s Hainish series [created just for the authors, but let’s not forget about fan fiction]). What are the special challenges and rewards in reading and writing in these diverse forms? What special challenges or rewards attend on reusing material in another form? Is the formal plasticity of SF unique among literary genres?

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