Had a great dinner with Zak, Sharon, Sherwood, Shweta, Nathaniel, Greg. Narrowly avoided losing Greg as a friend forever. Okay, not really, but we did have a couple of heated disagreements. Okay, maybe not even that heated, but we definitely disagreed, which I'm not sure we've done before. Ah well. I still adore him, and I think he's reasonably fond of me, so we're probably okay.
On the ride home, debated this question. If Asimov/Bradbury/Clarke/Heinlein are the classics of that generation, who in sf/f has joined that canon? Here's my list so far -- these are some authors that I think will still be showing up on shelves and in classrooms in fifty years:
- Lois McMaster Bujold
- Octavia Butler
- Ursula K. LeGuin
- J.K. Rowling
There are probably others, but those are the only ones I feel sure of tonight. All women, oddly enough. Various people agitating for Neil Gaiman, but I'm just not sure -- he has an intense cult following, and I can certainly see Sandman being considered a classic, but I think the jury is still out on the rest of his work. Oh, probably Gaiman too.
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