Edward Lear
Linda Nagata, writing in io9 magazine, calls the term “hard SF” a marketing disaster. Like Stanley Schmidt who thinks the term has accumulated negative associations, Nagata complains that the term “hard SF” suggests that it’s going to be hard to read, or that it’s going to be dull and boring. At least she doesn’t think, like Schmidt, that readers immediately visualize clanking hardware. However, she does wonder about the sexual connotations. Hm. The less said about that, the better, I guess.

Nagata also complains about the term mundane SF, which is science fiction set on earth or within the solar system, without any star-faring aliens. If it’s that mundane, she wonders, why read it?