Another writer I know blogged about where he thinks SF is going as a genre HERE .
I offered my own opinion and I thought I'd post it here...
I agree, It should be all about the story. But I think this means different things to different readers (and writers).
Most read for the pure enjoyment of fiction.
Some read to go beyond enjoyment and escape the doldrums of their daily lives, even if its just for a little while.
And another smaller fraction (in my IMHO)read to actually take something with them from the story. Whether it be just a better understanding of the subject that was written, or even expanding their own thinking and being opened up to new concepts that they hadn't even considered.
There was a physicist on Coast to Coast AM the other night who said he was opened up to theoetical physics and time travel theory by both Einstein and H.G. Wells when he was kid. Of course Einstein isn't fiction, but he certainly helped this guy out.
So where Do I think SF is going..or should go? As long as SF still gets people to think outside the box while they are being entertained, I think we're right where we need to be...which is pretty much where we should've always been...In my opinon, that is.