|The QUAD: Derby|
|First Panel Discussion|
The discussion became more interesting (though it needed a more provocative chairman to really have brought it to a boil) was when the panellist debated the differences between SF and Fantasy. I hadn’t realised there was such an undercurrent of competitiveness between the two. There were some great asides and throw-away lines:
‘All fiction is fantasy, it’s just that some is more honest about it than others’;
‘Today’s Fantasy is more cutting edge than SF’;
‘The technology has caught up with the dreamers’;
‘Fantasy sells more than SF’;
‘Hard SF is nothing more than techno-porn’.
Do I detect a certain elitism amongst the SF-ers and a concomitant feeling of inferiority amongst the Fantasists? Interesting, I'm going to be on the look out for this in the future. But if the first panel discussion was interesting, the second was a beaut...