Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine books, including Motherless Brooklyn (1999), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named novel of the year by Esquire. His fiction, which has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, and the Paris Review, has been described as “inventive,” “incandescent,” “visionary” and “wickedly funny.” He is perhaps best known for bending and conflating genres — whether stitching together science fiction and hard-boiled detective conventions or mixing Alice in Wonderland absurdism with campus satire. 
Mar 01 2006
A Conversation with Jonathan Lethem
[I]f every admirable result from setting a story in the future or from using images of the fantastic or extrapolative concepts isn’t science fiction — because it’s too good — then all that’s left to represent the label are the failed attempts to use those motifs. So of course the genre is contemptible.