Science Fiction and transcendence

Norman Spinrad, a great writer of science fiction, uses the June edition of his Asimov’s On Books column to discuss transcendence; that is, “literatures [science fiction and fantasy] whose very existence depends upon literary elements that transcend the consensus reality of their readerships.” Excellent writing and, not coincidentally, reviews of Le Guin’s The Telling, Soulsaver by James Stevens-Arce, The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clark, and The Spike by Damien Broderick. The last is one I’d seen in a store and thought to read but after this review I’ll probably skip it; the review is more worthy of the reading time while the book attempts to speculate on what the Singularity is going to be like.