Connie Willis Explains How Science Fiction Came Back From Its Near-Death ExperienceS

Connie Willis talks to Publishers Weekly about her forthcoming time-travel duology, Blackout/All-Clear. And she explains that when she started writing SF, 30 years ago, she was warned she'd come too late to a dying genre.

Says Willis:

At my very first writer's conference, George R.R. Martin said to me, "It's a pity you're getting into science fiction right now, because it's on its last legs." Not only was that not true, but now you can't turn on a TV without seeing our influence everywhere, and some of the best science fiction I've ever read is being written right now. Science fiction is an amazing literature: plot elements that you would think would be completely worn out by now keep changing into surprising new forms. I have great faith in the future of books-no matter what form they may take-and of science fiction.

[Publishers Weekly]