The Mainstream That Through the Ghetto Flows / An Interview with Interviewer: Why science fiction out of all the forms of literature you could have chosen? Was it a conscious decision? Dick: Yes, because there's more likelihood in science fiction for the expression of pure ideas than you find in other genres. Interviewer: People say science fiction is "a ghetto." And then on the other hand they say it's a "literature of ideas." But all literature is supposed to be a literature of ideas, right? So why is it that science fiction gets tagged with that label and in the same breath gets tagged as a "ghetto"? In other words, why can people get away with paying a lot less money for it? Dick: In the first place, science fiction has changed a lot in the last few years. It's coming out of the ghetto, but all that's done is make it worse. The writing is worse now that it's coming out of the ghetto because it's losing its identity. It's losing its shape. It's becoming like silly putty. Nowadays, you can call anything you want "science fiction" or you can decide nof to call it "science fiction."
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1984
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