What’s more amusing than the offhand dismissal of genre as a serious form of fiction? The fear of genre and its fans! Back in 1975, that’s exactly how Newsweek critic Peter S. Prescott came off in an article called “Science Fiction: The Great Escape”.
It’s an article that decries the New Wave of science fiction as work that is edging into territory it shouldn’t belong. My favorite bit is this:
An argument can be made that the ghetto is precisely where science fiction belongs, that it has enough to offer without succumbing to the literary pretensions of the New Wave.
The ghetto! Delightful.
There’s a lot more over at io9, including a very angry response from Kurt Vonnegut.