A few months ago I wrote a post about the fetish that bloggers have for frontlist titles – those books about to be released, the hot new things.
I’m increasingly discovering that there is something resembling a backlist movement. This is what the internet should be used for – not to prop up the titles that get decent amounts of marketing spend on them (mine included) but exploring niches and discovering range.
Admittedly, when you’re seduced by ARCs and free reads, it’s difficult to keep splashing out on older stuff, but supporting the full genetic breadth of science fiction and fantasy is healthy, broadens our horizons, and gives airtime to writers who probably never received a big advertising campaign – and whose books risk dying out of bookstores (though possibly being preserved in digital format).
In fact, I’d go so far as to suggest reviewing titles from the small indie presses once in a while – there, you’re really helping make a difference. You’ll help preserve genre diversity.