Why Science Fiction Still Doesn't Get Into The Inner Circle

"There's probably an element of snobbism," McClatchy said, adding that other members may not share his taste for "thrillers, detective stuff, hard-boiled noir stuff."

"I don't know, but it may simply be unfamiliarity, that people here don't sit around reading science fiction. They're rereading Flaubert, or they're rereading Richard Price. There's a man who has raised the underworld to Parnassus."

- American Academy Of Arts president J.D. McClatchy, explaining why the Academy has never elected a science fiction author to its membership, when T.C. Boyle and Richard Price have just been elected.


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