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What famous author would you like to see do a scifi novel?

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Initial post: 20 Nov 2012, 12:12:43 GMT
M. French says:
I love the way that Iain Banks does literary fiction and sci-fi fiction - and shame on awards like the Booker who haven't showered him with awards - ( Do you want one !an? "Well yes, I suppose yeah it was be nice to have something like that but I don't think it's very likely to be honest.")

Anyway who would you like to see dipping into the sci-fi genre that is known and famous in another genre?

Mark Billingham?
Julian Barnes?
Salman Rushdie? : (who apparently has decided to make a sci-fi series for television)

Over to you - names and reasons why ...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012, 13:15:12 GMT
Anita says:
Sorry - quite the opposite. An author I wish had *never* got even near the science fiction genre.

Specimen Days

It is a beautifully written book, and the first two parts I daresay are really good. However the third part - for what reason Cunningham decided to tackle science fiction I have no idea - is plain stupid. It is as if he thought: well, it's SF, so I can write whatever pops to mind. Like having more people to start a new colony in order to avoid incest - sounds quite right... but we are talking of 18 vs 19 people... Like a spaceship lifting off in a simple farm yard and leaving *just* a burned circle in the grass... (and someone is standing in the middle of it and looking up!!) and stopping suspended in the air in about 100 feet altitude (more or less, I don't remember exactly) before accelerating... (et cetera). Sorry, folks, I honestly do not think that science fiction is a genre of "I just wanted so..." An author, methinks, should know at least a tiny bit of science fiction or/and physics. No, just NO - you can't have a spaceship hanging in midair and do that with a serious face...

Rant over :)

Posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:59:57 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
None of them, unless they are forced to sign a Hydrogen-tight contract that they will talk about their SF book as being SF, and not say things like "it's only set 30 years from now, so it's not really SF" on pain of, well, lots of pain actually.
And on the subject of "famous author", Salman Rushdie is the only one of the 4 cited "mainstream only authors" that I've heard of, and I think that has more to do with "The Satanic Verses" furore than with actual literary merit and entertainment value.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012, 01:30:09 GMT
DB Edwards says:
I would like William Shakespeare to do a Sci Fi Novel. Maybe he could turn Prospero into a Space Age Alien and Conquer the World. Do you think Sir William is available?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012, 13:30:25 GMT
M. French says:
Hold on I'm just seeing if he's on Linked In...

Posted on 3 Dec 2012, 21:49:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012, 21:51:22 GMT
monica says:
I don't know, as I read little sci-fi & even less writing by British literary fiction writers like the ones in OP. But the question has given me some happy moments imagining the opposite: A book on proper etiquette by L. Ron Hubbard. A light-hearted comic novel about life in an English village by Heinlein. Frank Herbert as chick-lit author, etc.

Ken O'Neill, I can sympathise with the first part of your post as I do read a fair few comics, and the same sort of qualifications/excuses are often used regarding them. (In fact, I imagine 'graphic novel' was first used simply to avoid the word 'comic'.) I imagine that if Julian Barnes did write a straightforward novel about conflict in a civilisation in another galaxy it would be referred to as 'a work that borrows a few cliches from works of science-fiction and uses them to transcend the genre.'

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012, 09:08:13 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Monica - Para 1 - :-D

Para 2 - I've always thought of a graphic novel as being basically a better bound (and often on better paper), sans adverts collected version of $comic issues X to X+A.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012, 22:14:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Dec 2012, 22:15:18 GMT
monica says:
I know, I know. I probably use 'comics' more often than 'graphic novels' but neither suits all cases--doesn't feel right to call the dark bleak sort of stuff comic, nor to call short stuff--which except for likes of Watchmen & Jimmy Corrigan is most of it--a novel. Sometimes I wish 'sequential art' had caught on. Although if you're decrying the form, whatever it's called, as well as the way I referred to it you'd want to have a better look at the stuff . . . Cheers.

Posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:18:03 GMT
Raymond Chandler would be interesting, his particular style of writing married to a space opera should be worth reading.
Imagine Phillip Marlowe does Babylon 5 or ST:Deep Space Nine.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013, 00:01:03 GMT
Bill James. Just to reassess the strengths of all alien species. Would the "Brothers of the Night" defeat the "Buggers" in a best of seven series?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013, 12:13:13 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
The "Dixon Hill" episodes of ST:TNG seem to meet that spec bar the copywrong aspects?
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