I was born in 1980. As a kid I read lots of the ‘greats’ of sci-fi. My school/local libraries were stocked with them, and perhaps more importantly, we had a few on the shelf at home that were likely first and second run paperback editions that my folks had bought/read when they were in high school and college.
My parents are not ‘die-hard’ sci-fi/fantasy folks, but they owned a fair number of the genre novels that made it into the public consciousness (Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Martian Chronicles, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and a few others).
Today, the general public aren’t buying Bradbury or Heinlein . . . though they may have Andy Weir on their shelf, even if they’re not self-identified ‘sci-fi fans.’
So I’m wondering if the sci-fi greats are fading into niche obscurity, and what’s taking their place.