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Books Read – September 2013

I’ve racked up a decent number of books read this month, with a definite move away from the science fiction heavy reading of the last few months. A few of the books on this month’s list are ones I’ve read before, but for the most part they’ve either been recommended to me by friends or have been recommended by Amazon based on my purchasing history and I’m pleased to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. So without further ado, here’s my reading round-up for the month of September, 2013.

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Science Fiction: Serious Literature or Commercial Pulp?

One of the arguments I regularly hear from the literati is that science fiction doesn’t count as ‘serious’ literature, usually backed up by the claims that sci-fi is nothing more than a pot-boiling thriller set in space, or that sci-fi doesn’t carry some deep and meaningful message like serious literature does. I’ve even heard all science fiction referred to as “cheap trash with absolutely no literary merit whatsoever”, and when I’m exposed to such uninformed assertions I can’t help but be incensed. Now, given that I’m a sci-fi writer myself you could be forgiven for thinking this is just a knee-jerk reaction, but I truly believe that science fiction (or any other genre fiction, for that matter) can have a place alongside serious literature.

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