Jeff Edelstein wades into a debate about SF and Fantasy without much thought. He say, in brackets: "(Note to all: Fantasy is for geeks, whereas science fiction is cool. Just so you know where I stand on the issue.)"
In the midst of this ramble, I love the way he mentions the "rise of fantasy" as if it's up there with the H5N1 virus.
You know, fantasy has produced some of THE most coolest fiction around, from your magic realists such as Jonathan Carroll and Jeff Ford, to the intensely original epic Viriconium sequence. Even past that, you've got your China Miévilles, your Steven Eriksons... I could go on. You've got some damn slick dark fantasy out there, too. Thoughtful, engaging, and really, really cool.
But really... SF more cool than Fantasy? What rubbish. Besides, if I remember my heady days in bookstores, there were more girls buying the fantasy books... As a young geek, I knew where the cool stuff was.