I am reading Moon Shot, a pretty good collection of science fiction mystery stories and it got me thinking about crossing genres. It's one of those things that sounds like a good idea - commercially. "Hey, if we write a story with elves and cowboys we'll get both the western fans and the fantasy fans!"
For those of you who remember Venn diagrams... you start with this:
And you hope that your audience will look like this:
But most of the time the audience that shows up looks more like this:
Which is a small group. The common wisdom is that mystery fans are reluctant to read science fiction -- more so than vice versa. Like most common wisdom, that may be true, or false, or maybe it used to be true.
I do know that some authors manage to cross borders successfully. Like mysteries about sports.
Or mysteries set in a fantasy world.
Or yes, mystery-science fiction.
How about you? How do you feel about reading books that skip across the genre lines?