discovers a lifelong love of science fiction through Asimov, Clarke,
and Heinlein anymore, and directing newbies toward the work of those
masters is a destructive thing, because the spark won't happen. You
might as well advise them to seek out Cordwainer Smith or Alan E.
Nourse—fine tertiary avenues of investigation, even now, but not
anything that's going to set anybody's heart afire, not from the
standing start. Won't happen.
is a testable hypothesis! I've rounded up a pool of younger people
who have agreed to let me expose them to classic works of science
fiction1 and assembled a list of older works I think still have
merit. Each month my subjects will read and react to those stories; I
will then post the results to this site. Hilarity will doubtless
1. I picked 1980 as my cut-off year for
since it is mid-way between 2016 and 1945, while still being recent
enough to cover the New Wave and the great wave of women writers in
the 1960s and 1970s. It is also well before any of my volunteers were