Hello all –
Sorry I’ve been so quiet of late–a combination of a cold and trying to finish a freelance project I’ve been working on with the deadline fast approaching. Don’t worry–it’ll get done 🙂
It’s a wonderful interview with Brian Aldiss that makes a passionate argument for the desperate need the world has for science fiction right now. It’s written from a British perspective, but you can easily substitute in Canadian, American, Russian, German, etc. disdain for SF and come out with the same message: that science fiction (not fantasy or horror or ‘new weird’) is, as the article points out “the most vivid and direct chronicler of our anxieties about the world and ourselves, what Mary Shelley called ‘the mysterious fears of our nature’…How could fiction avoid considering possible futures in a world of perpetual innovation? And how could science begin to believe in itself as wisdom, rather than just truth, without writers scouting out the territory ahead? Which is why this widely despised genre should be read now more than ever.”
Ahhhh… Now that’s encouraging. Would that more people would take that advice. I feel energized just reading that; makes me want to go and write something.
And, thanks to this article, I finally know what I want on my tombstone:
“The literary snobs will say it’s badly written, which most of it is. So is most ‘literary’ fiction. Badly written literary fiction is, however, wholly unnecessary. There’s a lot of badly written SF that is driven by an urgent journalistic desire to communicate. That is necessary.”