…is suddenly finding out you’ve been mentioned in a Michael Moorcock article
Indeed, we’ve recently been through a period of restoration and reconsideration rather than a period of experiment and I think there are real economic and social reasons why this is so. While mainstream publishers have become more open to publishing synthetic work, including fantasy and science fiction, they have become less interested in encouraging or supporting experiment. Always somewhat cautious, not to say feeble, about publishing new work, they are further discouraged by booksellers’ increasing reluctance to put genuinely idiosyncratic fiction on their shelves. They are perfectly happy to stock hundreds of copies of bestsellers, like Susannah Clarke or Michael Chabon (both of whom are admittedly of a very high quality) but offer no space at all to writers like Steve Aylett, Stuart Hall, Samit Basu, Sebastian Doubinsky, Zoran Zivkovic and scores of others who are not using so many familiar tropes from either sf or literary fiction. What’s more, these corporate booksellers dictate increasingly to publishers what they can and can’t publish if they wish to stay in business.
Thanks very much Vibhor, who let me know about this, and Sarnath, who was the reason Mr. Moorcock found out I existed. I’m really thrilled. And glad I’m home alone, because I’m going to be horribly smug for the next two hours.