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Quotes: Sci-Fi Ghetto
"SF's no good", they bellow 'til we're deaf,
"But this looks good."
"Well, then, it's not SF."
Robert Conquest

"I don't write fantasy novels. I write stories with important human themes."

"It is not interesting enough for the general reader, and not thorough enough for the scientific reader."
— Publisher rejecting H. G. Wells' The Time Machine

"In the days leading up to the pilot episode airing, we were doing a lot of press, and I became increasingly irritated by the suggestion from the media, that given my my background with the Royal Shakespeare Company, that I was in a sense ‘slumming’ by doing this syndicated science-fiction television series. Until one day I lost control and I said "listen no only am I proud and delighted to be playing the captain of the Enterprise, but all those years of working for the Royal Shakespeare Company which you have referred to again and again, sitting in the throne of England, was nothing but a preparation of sitting in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise."

"But you've also got to read in the genre, because we all know what science fiction written by someone who doesn't know about science fiction is like. They've got these 'really great ideas' like Margaret Atwood had — bioengineered organisms, that's a new one! And the reviewers fall for it because they don't know any different, assuring us that if it's by Atwood or Crichton it's not really horrid science fiction. That infuriates me beyond measure. Oryx and Crake has got the science fiction sticker on it all the way through (though it's not particularly original), and yet because she wrote it, it's 'not science fiction.'"

"[The Handmaid's Tale] is certainly not science fiction. Science fiction has Martians and space travel to other planets and things like that."

"Here is a woman so terrified of sf-cooties that she'll happily redefine the entire genre for no other reason than to exclude herself from it."

"The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular."
Tim Brooks, an executive at the channel now known as SyFy.

"If no cultural barrier prevents a public that clearly loves its superheroes from picking up a new "Avengers" comic, why don't more people do so? The main reasons are obvious: It is for sale not in a real bookstore but in a specialty shop, and it is clumsily drawn, poorly written and incomprehensible to anyone not steeped in years of arcane mythology."
Wall Street Journal's Tim Marchman on why superhero comics are such a niche property

"The whole association of fairy tale and fantasy with children is local and accidental. I hope everyone has read Tolkien's essay on Fairy Tales which is perhaps the most important contribution to this subject that anyone has yet made. If so, you will know already that, in most places and times, the fairy tale has not been specifically made for, nor exclusively enjoyed by children. It has gravitated to the nursery when it became unfashionable in literary circles, just as unfashionable furniture gravitated to the nursery in Victorian homes."
C. S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing For Children

"English people of the present day are apt, I know not why, to look somewhat down on incident, and reserve their admiration for the clink of teaspoons and the accents of the curate. It is thought clever to write a story with no plot at all, or at least with a very dull one."

"It is far easier to believe in a million fairy tales than to believe in one man who does not like fairy tales. I would rather kiss Grimm instead of a Bible and swear to all his stories as if they were thirty-nine articles than say seriously and out of my heart that there can be such a man as you; that you are not some temptation of the devil or some delusion from the void. Look at these plain, homely, practical words. 'The Dragon's Grandmother,' that is all right; that is rational almost to the verge of rationalism. If there was a dragon, he had a grandmother...Can you not see that fairy tales in their essence are quite solid and straightforwards; but that this everlasting fiction about modern life is in its nature essentially incredible?"
G. K. Chesterton responding to a critic who believed fairy tales were for children, "The Dragon's Grandmother"

"I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled 'science fiction' ever since [publishing Player Piano], and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal."

"You have a murder mystery up there, you have a horror book up there, you have all kinds of genres on the bestseller shelf, why not Terry Pratchett's book? And the response was 'we don't let them out of the science fiction section'"''
Terry Pratchett (quoting his literary agent), interview with Mark Lawson.

"James was right. Try taking a lot of stuff considered the best literature, put some dragons, magic, psychic powers, zombies, werewolves, vampires, elves, or dwarves in those and see how many awards they get."
From an IRC chat after The Angry Video Game Nerd[']s Monster mania vid.

"Speaking of desperate pleas for legitimacy, the first dialogue of the movie: 'This is no fantasy… no careless product of wild imagination.'"
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Superman

"A chastity belt is a harness that is made to fit around the waist, blocking access to the naughty parts, thus preventing sex. Kinda like wearing a Star Trek belt."
Cracked

"Pssh. I still can't believe that there were aliens in what was clearly supposed to be the next Once Upon a Time in the West. I'm sorry, but the stick up my ass prohibits me from enjoying a movie called Cowboys and Aliens."
The Cinema Snob, mocking pretentious film critics

"I'm not saying anything new here, but mainstream fantasy tends to be a socially conservative genre. Go grab any of the obvious Moorcock or Mieville essays, and I'll basically agree with them. And frankly? Science Fiction writers are just much cooler. I tended to think of myself as a speculative fiction writer until a particularly wise ex called me on my bullshit. If your speculations are basically "what if music were magic?" you're a bloody fantasy writer, dick."

"There's no denying the truth of it. These assholes gave a Best Picture award to Titanic, a loud, big budget film depending on overcoming technical difficulties and populated by character ciphers that broke all box office records, but gave half as many awards and no Best Picture to Star Wars, a loud, big budget film depending not only on overcoming technical difficulties, but pioneering the techniques that other films would use to overcome them, populated by character archetypes that broke all box office records, and helped to shape many aspects of the film industry. They also snubbed the classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind that same year. And let's take 1982, where we had E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, that drove critics to compare Steven Spielberg to Renoir for the incredible achievements of his film, and then gave the award to Gandhi. Why Gandhi? Well, the same reason Titanic won, because at that age, only a bit of historical pathos can cause these twisted old farts to achieve an erection."
SFDebris, introduction to RedDwarf

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