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The Looming Bacigalupean Future

bram452 the brilliant Daniel Abraham, has written a must read essay on genre, where it came from and where it is going.  In it, he coins my new, favorite word: Bacigalupean.

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arwensouth
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
And here I thought this was going to be a post about MileHiCon....
jimvanpelt
Oct. 20th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
LOL. Sorry.
davidlevine
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I have to say that the thought of an SF field in which the major surviving subgenres are Urban Fantasy (using the current, kick-ass-female-who-sleeps-with-werewolves definition of the term) and Bacigalupian despair makes me want to shoot myself.
jimvanpelt
Oct. 20th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
I think Daniel's premise about why genres rise and fall is interesting. I believe it's impossible to guess where the zeitgeist will go, however.
davidlevine
Oct. 20th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
You're probably right.
Francis Murphy
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I concur wtih David.

Besides that, Paolo seems to be a One Note Nellie. It is the same thing every time, novel, short story, whatever. If anything, he is the successor to Kim Stanley Robinson, who in my mind was worth ignoring after the Mars trilogy.

Respects,
S. F. Murphy
On the Outer Marches
peteyoung
Oct. 20th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
Agreed, a very good essay indeed, but he didn't actually coin the term, unless he wants to be pedantic about i's and e's.
keglinfool
Oct. 20th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
In my head I hear Bacigalupean with the galup replaced by the sound a thick concoction can make when it is poured into a container. I think it's the sound goop makes when it glops. It gloops. It would take a pretty good sound effects person to get it right, but it's easy to do in my imagination.

The guy is fuego, so maybe it would be flaming glop. Adds a bit of sizzle.
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