Just a quick post to say that a healthy number of genre novels have been nominated for the Guardian book blog's "Not the Booker" award - and voting for the shortlist ends at 12:00 am GMT, so you've not got long to get your vote in if you want to do so.
The genre novels nominated are as follows:
Dan Abnett – Triumff
Tom Fletcher – The Leaping
Peter F Hamilton – The Evolutionary Void
Guy Gavriel Kay – Under Heaven
MD Lachlan – Wolfsangel
Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels
Ian McDonald – The Dervish House
China Miéville – Kraken
Mark Millar and John Romita Junior – Kick Ass
Bryan Lee O'Malley – Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
KJ Parker – The Folding Knife
I think that's all of them, but do feel free to point out any I've missed.
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4 hours ago
Arguably William Gibson's 'Zero History' is genre.
I actually included that on the list, but took it off as it seemed rather borderline from what I could tell of the story...
It is still a thriller if nothing else, and as far as I know that's a genre.
Hell most of what Scott Pilgrim has going for it as genre fiction is mostly the amount of intertextuality. It is, arguably, set in the real world and uses magical realism to tell a convoluted love story.
Quoting from Gibson's twitter feed (which is him quoting a review) something I've been thinking for a while would probably make my reasoning clearer:
"Science fiction as narrative strategy vs. science fiction as genre: compare and contrast. Then do the same for the thriller."
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