Why I am so excited for the future of Vintage Science Fiction
Posted January 31, 2017on:
You guys, I can’t wait to be 80 years old. I’ll be there in about 45 years, and by then we’ll have flying driverless cars, our smartphones will be embedded in our skulls, we’ll have androids and robots, and we’ll be flying all over the inner solar system.
But besides all that, I can’t wait to see what “Vintage Science Fiction” will look like in 30 years.
Dictionary.com includes the following in their definition of the adjective Vintage:
representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O’Neill.
When used as an adjective, there is no specific year or time period attached to the word vintage. It’s fluid. Personally, I define “Vintage science fiction” as anything published before 1979. The year is arbitrary, and if someone else defines Vintage science fiction differently, their definition is just as correct as mine.
Which means. . . when I am 80 years old, someone somewhere will be defining Vintage Science Fiction as anything written before 2016. And they’ll be discovering for the first time authors like Robert Jackson Bennett, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Iain M Banks, Julie Czerneda, and Will McIntosh.
Talk about something to celebrate!!