After reading the kind of thoughts that the industry had on where the sci-fi genre needs to go in the next few years, I’ve found myself thinking about what the actual problems with the genre can be. It’s true that sales can be soft for science fiction work, but it’s also true that “we need less science in our sci-fi” is kind of a stupid solution. So, I’ve gathered some observations to see if maybe I can shed some light on the issue from the “outside”.
Truthfully, I was going to leave this observation for last. I’ve got about 3 or 4 observations worth pointing out and this one I felt was the strongest one to go out on. But after some serious self reflection and some earnest words by the one I consider my second muse (allergy medications being my first), I’ve realized that this one really kind of leads into and ties the rest of them together.
If you look at some of the biggest successes in the last decade, you see that several of the authors have something that links them all: Two X Chromosomes. Think about it, aside from a couple of works from the likes of Dan Brown, most of the really popular books in the last 10 to 15 years have been written by women. Why is that?
After some comprehensive study, I’ve come upon the answer to this and have realized the key to this great mystery. I’ll be honest, it was hard (not really). Really, it was downright baffling (that anyone missed it). I spent many a day working this Rubik’s Cube of society that I shall dub the “XX Factor” (mostly to figure how people miss it) and came up with the answer..an amazing, shocking, completely groundbreaking discovery.
It turns out…women read books. No, seriously, I looked it up, it’s totally true! Go figure, right?
Now, some of you reading this (and, considering the two people I know to read this are in fact female, all of you reading this) will look at that concept and figure it’s a given. In a rational world, you two would be right and a lot of the industry would understand that automatically. But I’ve realized over the last few weeks to months that the world is far from rational.
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