Freelance writer and historian. Weekend Editor of Gizmodo/io9. Founder of Geek Mountain State and the Vermont SF Writer’s Series. Trilobite enthusiast.
Science Fiction Needs a New Subgenre
Throughout science fiction’s history, stories fall into a range of movements, aligning themselves stylistically and thematically as they each react to one another. The Golden Age of Science Fiction, heralded by editor John W. Campbell Jr. sought to inject a level of scientific rigor into pulp fiction. The New Wave was expressly a movement against Golden Age conventions, turning its back on the space travel it heralded. Cyberpunk was a brash moment that melded a new outlook on the genre alongside the computer revolution.