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All Right, Who's Making These Labels?

I was reading an article on completing a Gordon R. Dickson book posthumously when I saw the following on a sidebar on Sci Fi Wire -- "The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel":

The Top 10 SF&F Books:

1. The Gospel of Judas
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. V for Vendetta
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5. Angels & Demons
6. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
7. The Chronicles of Narnia box set
8. Cell
9. Flight of the Nighthawks (Darkwar one)
10. The Time Traveler's Wife


Source: Amazon.com, 4/14/06

Does Anyone Else Have A Problem With This?

Um, National Geographic just released a translation of The Gospel of Judas and ran a special on The National Geographic Channel -- so who at Amazon.com is labeling this either Science Fiction or Fantasy? I mean, I even have a problem with putting The Da Vinci Code in this category, except that I haven't read it yet so I'm not sure if it raises itself to the level of speculative fiction or is merely a semi-historical thriller. I mean, I'm not sure I'd put either of Umberto Eco's books The Name of the Rose or Foucault's Pendulum on an SF&F booklist, even though one discusses the scientific method and the other a wonderful physics demonstration. (grin)

But labeling the translation of an ancient document as "fantasy", oh man, this should set off some red flags, methinks. And I'm only treating it as a document, not getting into the whole early Christian sect business as to whether it's a true gospel or heresy or whatever.

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