Date: 2012-01-25 07:59 pm (UTC)
can we please, please, please stop punking?

Especially when it's impossible to tell what, exactly is "punk" about the subgenre in question. It's like it's just become a suffix that means "new micro-subset of genre fiction" now, in which case, the choice of the word "punk" seems very strange to me indeed, particularly considering the conservatism of much of genre culture as a whole (and thus, many of the "punks" in question). Is the sf/f/h world so conservative now that newness itself is "punk?" If so, we're in even more trouble than I thought...

I understood what was "punk" about the originator of the term, "cyberpunk." But the rest...well...I'm largely at a loss.
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