Which raises a question. As writers decry the decline of hard SF, you’ve got to wonder how many traditional publishers think like her – that The Martian had no market? How many reject hard SF because they think legit science is boring (or dorky) and because hard SF stories often prioritise ideas over emotions?
The Martian sold 35,000 copies in three months. Ed Yong – possibly the best science writer in the English-speaking world – has 70,000+ Twitter followers. And who could fail to be bored by real-life science, when it covers research topics as yawn-inducing as ground squirrel masturbation, mind-controlling parasitic fungi and rat telepathy…
Perhaps the question should be:
“Why are traditional publishers so f****g dense?”
[Hat tip: Mad Genius Club].