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Date:August 17th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
I feel the same way at the library. They only have a small selection. I've gotten to read most of Willis's stories through science fiction anthologies. At some point I will have to use Amazon to read her other works.

Remake is really enjoyable to read, especially if you like Firewatch.

Her short story "Chance" would be read differently by readers not familiar with her interest in time travel. Without knowledge of her previous works, "Chance" seems to belong more to literary suspense in the manner of Poe. However, I don't think readers outside of the science fiction community take her writings as serious literature. Conversely, you have an author like Thomas Pynchon, who is considered literary. yet his works typically deal with issues of technology and math, so it seems like he should be called a science fiction writer. But his books are not in the science fiction section of book stores.

The problem seems to be that if you market your name as being in a certain genre, it becomes hard later on to get readers in other genres to accept your work without changing your name.
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