October 12th, 2007

karen

Lessing is more?

Novelist Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for literature. The Nobel site mentions her "visionary power."

Because Lessing set some of her novels in a futuristic setting, it's fair to say she wrote "science fiction." A friend called these books "dystopian novels," to which I replied that dystopian novels are, in fact, a type of science fiction. Unlike Margaret Atwood, who tends to put down our genre, I never heard Lessing reject the label. As someone who believes genre means a form of literature and not a synonym for crap, I see this as a good thing for spec fic fans.

Yeah, Doris Lessing!