Do you think
Of course, Korea is not unique in lacking a deep-rooted SF tradition, as well as a functional literary SF scene. Literary critics interested in SF have long noted that outside of Britain and Britain’s onetime colonies, outside of Western Europe and Japan, SF just isn’t that popular, and not many people are writing SF.
(…) Western literary experts have only counted 35 sci-fi novels written in the Arab world up until the 21st century.
Do you think the first quote, cited from Gordsellar is true? He mentioned it with regards to South Korean sf, but… it’s still invalid. Poland, Russia, Czech, Serbia, Croatia aren’t Western Europe but, depending on the country, science fiction books were written even in 18th or 19th century. I don’t know what they mean by “not that popular” and “not many people are writing sf” but definitely sounds not true.
The second quote comes from the article on Arab science fiction. Still not true, because in Egypt alone there was more than 20 books until the millennium.
I’m used to the experts seeing only Western Europe as Europe. Which shows for me they’re hardly experts. I don’t know what causes their blindness in the science fiction case. Surely, even they should have heard about Stanisław Lem or the Strugatsky brothers.
Why they didn’t count enough books in case of Arabic sf? Did they not know it because they couldn’t read Arabic?
Why the bias and overlooking things? Any ideas?
Don’t believe in everything that “experts” say. Be doubtful and check for yourself. If you wonder about science fiction in the world, do use my The World Science Fiction List, and if you do know of some sf works, I didn’t cover, please help me update it.