So Harlan Ellison put some of his book collection up for sale, recently, and the event has picked up some attention from the blogs. What made this interesting was not the public response (which was predictable, given the man’s reputation) but the number of people who sat up and said “who?”.

The snark (and hero worship) are easy enough to dismiss; the ignorance is not. “Lack of awareness” might be a better word choice than “ignorance” under different circumstances, but in this instance, its not the sort of response I would expect from anyone save those who refuse to read science fiction. Such people do, apparently, exist; they seem to find the genre overly taxing.

One imagines that eventually, the same sort of response may be expected to greet mention of Heinlein or Asimov as well. But in one’s own lifetime?

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