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Old 01-28-2005, 01:36 PM
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I don't think there is any such animal as "the quintessential science fiction novel." Unlike most genres, science fiction is tremendously open-ended -- it can be about almost anything, can deal with it in almost any way and as a result there's no single SF novel that can possibly cover enough ground to typify the genre.

If you'll look at the nominees so far, you'll see a tremendous range of styles and themes. And that's not touching on the weird stuff that came out up to the 60s when a lot of SF writers were just blowing smoke any way that looked good, so you had stories like 'The Girl In The Golden Atom' which were practically scientifically illterate, but were presented as SF.