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Are SF novels too long?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Anthony G Williams, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Anthony G Williams

    Anthony G Williams Greybeard Writer

    Jul 14, 2007
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    nope, not long enough
  3. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    I never really considered the length of story to have any bearing on it's ability to draw me into the story. You mentioned works by Asimov and Clarke, two of my favorite reads, but at the same time I'm equally as happy reading something like Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

    If I find myself enjoying the story then for me an extra-long reading just means there is that much more for me to consume.
  4. Webster

    Webster The Red Tarheel

    Dec 7, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    I think it almost depends on the author and the particular sci-fi genre.......one example comes to mind after reading Max Brooks' novel World War Z. After reading it, I kept thinking to myself, 'where's all the character development' and at the same time, I kept thinking to myself, 'forget that; I can visualize the characters in my head, thus I don't need any "character development" to imagine who/what the characters were. There's also the question as to whether a particular work could be adapted for either the big screen or for television and whether that has any influence on an author as they're writing; if an author thinks for a moment that their work may be on the big screen or television, that could also influence how they write. As to the length of sci-fi novels these days...I go back to what I said at the beginning of this post; it depends on the author and the sci-fi genre that their work(or works) fall into(hard sci-fi, military sci-fi, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic sci-fi, etc.).

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