If you're in New York on Jan 4., check out literary/SF writers Rick Moody and Gary Shteyngart headlining the New York Review of Science Fiction's reading. It's guest-curated by Ron Hogan, who just wrote this super-eloquent defense of genre fiction.
We're in the middle of a flood of literary novels that play with science fiction ideas right now. What's causing it? And how can science fiction benefit from all of this fresh energy?
Rick Moody's The Four Fingers Of Death might be the most metafictional science fiction book of all time: a science fiction novel about a science fiction novel, wrapped in a shroud of weirdness. It's loopy and weird... and surprisingly tender.
The trend of literary authors veering into science fiction shows no sign of slowing down, as science fiction remains the best way to talk about our weird era. Ian McEwan and Rick Moody both have SF books in the pipeline.