It would never have occurred to me to compare science fiction to country music but
In my own field of music, I have seen people nominated in the country category after having told the press that they were pop, not country, artists.
seems to invite comparisons to the cringe some authors exhibit they realize their subject matter could get them stuck over in the atom and rocket section, instead of mainstream where more people will see their book.
Does county have the same paranoia and resentment about other musical fields that SF does? Do people like Conway Twitty and Shania Twain complain about being disrespected by snooty classical musicians?
I cannot offhand think of an analog to this behavior, though:
Then when they won and the time came for them to collect their award, they cheerfully went up to accept, forgetting the stand they had previously taken with regard 'to the country field."
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