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“What?” (alternatively, “Hwaet!”) or possibly “Who knew?” or maybe “Who could resist?” Certainly not me, as a scholar/fan of two TV series that posit any number of alternative dimensions (including a world occupied entirely by shrimp [Angel 5.17 “Underneath”]). Yet while I kind of like the idea of a Nobel Prize in literature “in which genre writers have a chance,” some of the choices on the alternative list are a bit too general. I mean—Zane Grey? Ian Fleming? Theodor Seuss Geisel? And while I may not be the greatest admirer of Doris Lessing, I draw the line at J.K. Rowling, even if I have enjoyed all the Harry Potter books.

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