Samuel Delany répond aux lecteurs de science fiction


Samuel Delany s'est prêté au jeu des questions réponses avec des lecteurs de science fiction. Le résultat est à lire en anglais ici.

Petit extrait :
"DocNoodle asks: After being involved in science fiction for 40 years, are you seeing any trends that are tend to repeat themselves or go in cycles, or do you have any predictions for the future of the genre?
Samuel Delany : Not really. No. I think that's the easiest way to answer that. Some of the Cyberpunk stuff — some of the most recent incarnations of the Cyberpunk stuff seem to me to be kind of dull. It seems to become a [collection] of endless mannerist fights, with everyone firing various and sundry power guns at each other from around corners, and I don't see what the point of it all is. I suspect probably I'm not giving it my full attention when I read it, rarely do I finish it. It ill behooves me to make a judgment, but rarely are they able to catch me up in the first 20 pages or so. It's as if they think these blood-and-thunder beginnings of "Agent Joe C. Seven leaned from behind and fired into the explosion, etc. etc.," and this goes on for twenty five pages, and this is supposed to make you interested in the character or the situation. ANd it doesn't. It sounds like a bad movie that I wouldn't be interested in either. I will not name names, but I do see a lot of that stuff, by writers who you can tell have a certain verbal facility. They actually do describe these things moderately well. For me, I've read the situation described so frequently, that there's no amount of verbal invention that's going to reawaken it for me. I want to read about a character doing something fairly quiet where I can picture who the character is, and what their attitude towards the world is — which I'm a lot more interested in than what they do under the pressure of a gunfight. Most people under the pressure of a gunfight, assuming they know how to shoot guns, do pretty much the same thing: try very hard to stay alive and kill the other guy. Not terribly exciting."
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