China Mieville is an academic and novelist who has made it his life’s work to write a novel in every genre and so far seems to be making that a reality. He’s currently writing Dial H for DC and is straight up, and incredibly intelligent man.
Back in 2009 Mieville gave a talk at Kansas University concerning sci-fi and the misconception that it’s superior to fantasy. Mieville believes this is a bit of overblown nonsense and during this talk sets about setting the record straight.
For fans of either genre this is well worth a look:china mieville, fantasy, sci fi