A while back I asked on anoher SE "Which, originally non-English, work has the widest reception in English SF?". Shortly after the question was closed for being opinion based. Now another user modified the question by adding the qualifier "... widest reach as measured in Google Scholar citations" as this is an objectively measurable item.
I find it rather puzzling, tbh, as I think wide reception means things like lots of copies sold, read, borrowed from libraries, talked about in zines, referenced in other works etc. - most of which might not show up as Google Scholar cites.
When literature people talk about reception of a work, how do they measure this, how do they compare receptions of different work?
Note: SF differs from other literary fiction and other genres in a few way that might be relevant:
- SF is self referential in a different way (background and plot ideas of other authors are examined and re-examined) so the reach of an SF work might lie in how its tropes are picked up by other authors.
- There is or was the SF ghetto meaning that SF works seldom reach anyone beyond an SF audience.
But that shouldn't affect the answer much?