It’s been a while, I know, fortunately Jude remembered this blog existed and emailed a contribution. Sorry for the lateness, Jude.
Her entire email is below (copy and pasted because I’m lazy – although I’ll take credit for the italics). Please note Ray Bradbury didn’t die today it’s just been a long time since I checked the email.
As you know, Ray Bradbury died today. Not that I really know his work but there was an interesting quote from him on the People.com website today. I thought it might work for the blog because it explains, very simply, the difference between science fiction and fantasy, something I’ve often wondered about.
A true iconoclast, Bradbury refused to be pigeonholed. “First of all, I don’t write science fiction,” he said. “I’ve only done one science-fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. It was named so to represent the temperature at which paper ignites. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, it’s fantasy. It couldn’t happen, you see? That’s the reason it’s going to be around a long time – because it’s a Greek myth, and myths have staying power.”
Meetings start up again in September – don’t forget!