"just about fiction"
|I can't figure out the purpose of the following exchange, which took place last Saturday --|
Young Man with Clipboard outside Amoeba: Can I ask you a few questions?
Me [defenses down, for some reason]: OK.
YMCOA: Do you ever read fiction?
Me: I've been known to.
YMCOA: What genres do you read?
Me: I guess I mostly read contemporary and classic "literary" fiction. [Not exactly accurate, and I'm not sure I've named a genre, but it seemed like the answer that would make the most sense.]
YMCOA: Any mysteries, science-fiction, things like that?
Me: Some science fiction, off and on, that's about it.
YMCOA: What attracts you to science fiction?
Me: Oh, I grew up with it, so every so often I check something out -- not as much as when I was a kid. [Again, there's a longer/better answer, but I'm not feeling that I need to bring my A game.]
YMCOA [consulting his script]: Do you know why the '30s and '40s are called the Golden Age of Science Fiction?
Me: Because pulps like Astounding and Amazing were in their heyday, and writers like Asimov and Heinlein were establishing the genre's conventions.
YMCOA: All right! What do you think of L. Ron Hubbard?
Me [penny dropping, rueful smile]: I think he was a respectable fiction writer, but I'm not at all interested in Scientology.
YMCOA [also w/ odd smile]: It's okay, this interview is just about fiction. So, have you read anything by him?
Me: Probably some of his old short stories, a long time ago, but not Battlefield: Earth or anything recent.
YMCOA: All right -- thank you for your time.