Poll Results: Do you think SF/F is going to have a good year in 2011?

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The results are in (obviously), and they are overwhelmingly optimistic.  Is that a good thing?  I sure hope so.  It’s early in the year, but I’d like to think that 2011 will be a year without someone proclaiming the genre dead (or something like that).  We’ll see how those thoughts pan out in six months.

Here are the results of the poll:

  • 55% said “yes”
  • 22.5% said “maybe”
  • 22.5% said “no”
The no votes came pretty late in the poll (well after the corresponding post had disappeared from the homepage), so the big question I have for those individuals is this:  why do you think SF/F isn’t going to have a good year in 2011?  
I’m defining SF/F beyond its marketing boundaries (the SF/F shelves in your bookstores); for me, then, I see the genre as having a great deal of room to keep pushing outward in very powerful/interesting ways.  I’m hoping we’ll see more experimentation in SF/F novels, but I am also cautious about the genres because it’s really easy to get burned by hype.  We do have some excellent works of literature coming out, though (or what appear to be excellent works).  We’ll wait and see.
A new poll will be up later today, so look out for the post announcement.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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