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    The Genre That Time Forgot

    | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Employees

    (I work in a bookstore and our main clientele are business-types. As such, we have a fairly small science-fiction section, though I am more of a sci-fi reader myself.)

    Customer: “Hi, do you have a science fiction section?”

    Me: “Yes, we do. Right this way…”

    (I lead him to the sci-fi section.)

    Me: “Did you have anything specific you were hoping to find?”

    Customer: “Do you have any Isaac Asimov?”

    Me: *scans the section* “No, I’m sorry. It doesn’t look like we do.”

    Customer: “Well, how about Arthur C. Clarke?”

    Me: *looks again* “No, we don’t have him either.”

    Customer: “Edgar Rice Burroughs?”

    Me: “Unfortunately, based on demand, we don’t get a lot of the classic stuff—just the really new or big titles.”

    Customer: “Well, that’s pathetic. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

    Me: “Believe me, I am…”