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Genre Evangalism

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In my review, yesterday, of Interzone #251, I touched briefly upon the potential for the magazine to (properly displayed) bring new readers into the genre fold. As happens frequently, an entirely unexpected thought has snowballed in mind since I wrote it, and a result I’ve been musing heavily on how, exactly, the genre world should be looking to reach out its tentacles.

Of recent years it has become almost fashionable to be a bit “geeky”. From the emergence of Firefly from the cult to the mainstream, to Marvel’s franchise-titan rolling comics out of the nerdy corner, there seems to be a somewhat ascendent atmosphere at the moment.

Yet there are still trends of an insular nature — something which the recent Jonathan Ross fiasco (“Hugogate“) exemplifies.

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It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it: a view on Hugo-gate

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Sorry, I lied.

If you haven’t heard about the debacle which unfolded over the weekend, the summary is this: Jonathan Ross was going to be hosting the 2014 Hugo Awards; some people weren’t too impressed with the choice of him as host; in the resultant controversy, he ended up stepping down.

Now, there are plenty of opinions floating around here — too many, in fact — and I don’t really want to get into the substantive issues. I doubt that this post will make me many friends, but if I wanted a quiet life I wouldn’t have a blog. Or a Twitter account. Or the internet. In fact I’d live in a cave somewhere, cut off from the rest of the world.

But what the hell, eh?

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