[LMB] Miles as Count Vorkosigan

Karen Hunt huntkc at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 02:01:04 BST 2014


On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM, Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net>
wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 10:54:11AM -0400, Sylvia McIvers wrote:
> > >
> > > Or does a classic have to predate Rome?
> > > --
> >
> > I think a classic is anything people still read after the author has
> died.
> > Therefore, Heinlein = classic, Dianne Wynne Jones = classic.
>
> A stronger test might be something people still read after the author
> and all the original fans are dead.  Something that recruits new
> generations at a fairly stable rate.
>
> Not sure any of the big names of SF -- Gernsback, Asimov, Clarke,
> Heinlein --are actually classics by that test.  Lovecraft, OTOH, is.
>
> Of course, an alternate definition might be something obscure that
> scholarly types think is important.
>

You can add Shelley (Frankenstein) and Jules Verne to the classic authors,
I suppose... Probably Aldous Huxley, too.

Karen Hunt


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