The National Geographic Channel, that bastion of science, travel, and real world adventure, will air a special called Chasing UFOs. The New Yorker magazine, which still boasts a readership of the upper echelon of intelligensia, cultural tastemakers and trendsetters, this week published a "Science Fiction Issue." It featured speculative fiction by Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, and Sam Lipsyte. It was loaded with essays by Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Mieville, and even a previously unpublished piece by Anthony Burgess. Regular contributors like Emily Nussbaum take a look at sci-fi topics, such as Doctor Who.
Fans of science fiction don't need anyone to legitimize the genre they already love, but hopefully this will make others give it a chance and discover all the greatness it has to offer.