The Geomancer



Gardner Dozois, in Locus July 2009:

"...although I like a well-crafted dystopian story as well as anyone else, the balance has swung too far in that direction, and nihilism, gloom, and black despair about the future have become so standard in the genre that it's almost become stylized, and almost default setting, with few writers bothering to try to imagine viable human futures that somebody might actually want to live in."



  1. You want me to react to that, Lou?

    Is the pope catholic? Does a bear shit in the woods?

    Anyway, good to see that more and more people are agreeing that the pendulum has swung too much in the dystopian direction.

    Now, am I the only one taking action? Or will we see some exuberant stories in -- say -- Fast Forward 3?


  2. I, too, would like to see more books that portray the joy of living in the future. There should be a balance, and right now there isn't.

  3. Can you get a good pizza on Callay, you reckon?

  4. I have to say yes to that. In fact, I think it's addressed.