a blog by Matthew Cheney
I have not yet read Starboard Wine (though I've been intensively reading and rereading The Jewel-Hinged Jaw and Longer Views for the past year or two). Have just ordered this edition.Read your linked introduction--was glad to see you trying to disabuse readers of the notion that there exists any kind of hierarchy of quality/importance between sf and non-sf, regardless of which is seen to be "on top." I do not participate (or at least have not participated) in fandom and have only the slightest acquaintance with sf criticism after about 1985 (a problem I'm somehow having trouble remedying), but the sf vs. lit battles are incredibly tiresome, and fruitless, no matter who engages in them.Excited to see there is a more extended discussion of Joanna Russ than I have yet seen by him...Excited too to see that there is further discussion of his notion of sf's "origins," because what I've seen him write on that subject is very refreshing, but brings up many questions in my mind...certainly his version seems much more valuable to me than, say, Brian Aldiss's notion that sf is "really" a continuation of the gothic and utopian traditions, with genre sf as just a poor example of the form; but then I think eliminating Mary Shelley and Jules Verne and so on as formative also forfeits a lot of explanatory power; having a more extensive treatment of Delany's views on the matter will hopefully give me more to grab on to while figuring all this out for myself.Shorter: thanks for making me aware of the new edition!
Nice to see your work appreciated.