I mean honestly a lot of stuff about writing and art was I think totally destroyed throughout the post-war period. It ranges from uninspired drivel like Keruoac to outright trash like Ginsburg and Warhol so far as I'm concerned. Well, actually in that particular case I guess what I really mean was that the Beat generation were shit. For all the many serious glaring defects of boomers, at least that generation gave us a lot of great stuff in music, and some good writing or writing that I enjoy. But I also think that to truly be anything like an "intellectual" or an artist of real merit or a writer, you have to be both your own person as well as a sort of influence on the works of others, which is biased because a)not everyone influenced by them is smart, nor is it indicative of something not being shit, and b)it means that you cannot truly appreciate them or their impact until usually after they're gone, and I fucking hate
that with a passion because 9 times out of 10 it means some random person possibly from a certain tribe buying up the "IP rights" that they had fuckall hand in producing while the creator probably struggled and was quite poor all their lives. But then again, I don't think any directly sponsored art or shilling is often good, in fact I don't even think psyops are very good when it's just some uninspired and contrived set piece made by a bunch of bureaucrats. I think that was a major reason modern art got poisoned too.
In terms of an author like Dick or Heinlein, much of a vast swath of other work is either directly or indirectly influenced by them. There is some work for example space operas such as IMO Star Wars the original trilogy which are kind of going to end up being called something as a classic, the loud music of today being the refined tastes of tomorrow like Jazz because I guess raiding your grandpa's closet is also often the hipster mark of sophistication and taste.
Or like Giger. Here's another person who I think any intelligent critic and artistically literate person would mention, not simply out of some pretense of aesthetic appreciation but also for his technique--and I'm not even an artist (or definitely not a good one). And while some of it may indeed be schlocky for more reasons than one, I think that in general SF or fantasy and fiction in general provides one of those few outlets for actual artists, just as much as I think things like vidya and film soundtracks provide that for musicians. This is part of why I don't even know what's on anymore let alone listen to music, because you have some fucking idiot like Kanye up there and really it ends up either being the underground or things like soundtracks that wind up being truly inspired anyway.
Take this for examplehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8qp992Dssk
Now, I personally think that the whole art style in general is pretty intentionally and self knowingly
shit, with 40K being almost like a pulpy self effacement of both fantasy and scifi, but just listen to this track. It doesn't even matter that the lyrics are some fake bastardized pig Latin. That is the kind of music that I would say has moved me. I would likewise say that the genre does, in general, provide ample room for all manner of Greatness.
And by that I mean, true greatness, not the kind of crap that can be bought and sold, the type of thing that is just priceless, the sort of let us say, ephemeral skeletal framework upon which to hang that greatness, the wire and the mesh and the clay to be guided by expert hands, the rough hewn ashlar. Art should I think be uplifting, it should be moving, it should inspire a man to greater personal heights, and a society to pause its breath, and this has been an area in which religion had formerly played the chief role throughout Europe. Everything they did, from the frescoes to triptychs, grand operatic movements and symphonies, stand glass and architecture, I would go so far as saying that, in a real sense, scifi sort of helps play that kind of a role in a secular society, sadly for men's low morals as well as their arts.
Now let us compare such things to corporate "art". You know what we get? Capeshit, manufactured pop made by lip syncers who were molested by Dan Snyder, and thoroughly uninspired actual schlock being peddled by corpos to mediocre intellects who want an excuse to gossip with their girlfriends but want the additional vanity of doing it over "literature" as opposed to feeling trashy because it isn't over alcoholic drinks (not that I can condemn you that impulse mind you, if anything I would rather we set the standard towards discussing such things instead of booze and capeshit).
Although I suppose to their credit, I have seen a few things I actually thought were surprisingly good or at least decent in spite of being say XMEN or Batman, which I suppose would be along the lines of the entire argument about scifi. Namely, that yes, it is full of lots of actual schlock at best, but what I see is not even merely a pool of inspiration for the arts, but for technology as well, and the often dire warnings about it.