I absolutely know what I'm currently writing would probably not be published in this day and age.
I've always loved science fantasy -- the kind of story where the science is just an excuse for the story. It only has to be inherently valid -- but it doesn't have to be explained. It can be unlikely, more a McGuffen than a reason.
There is a premium in S.F. for the original concept, the valid extrapolation of science and culture. E.R. Burroughs would be laughed out of the editorial room these days.
There are occasional retro books written, by well-established writers. Out of nostalgia.
But to me, these never went out of style. The 50/60's sci-fi I grew up with are some of my fondest memories.
So I'm writing something that is -- if one thinks about it too much -- silly.
But that's just it. You read it for the fun and the adventure and the story, and you just buy into the silly premise and or dubious science.
At least I do.
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