Why Science Fiction?

Copyright (c) Freefoto.comA very good ques­tion. Eric Rothkirch has some answers over on his blog. I think Isaac Asimov once said that sci­ence fic­tion can be defined as lit­er­at­ure about the changes facing man­kind, and while I think this is a little grand, I still take pride in telling people that I write sci­ence fic­tion. Ken Macleod, how­ever, told me that Déjà Vu is not sci­ence fic­tion — and I think he’s prob­ably right. Science fic­tion must be con­tem­plat­ive, some­what in-depth, and should push ideas to the fore­front. I’m happy writ­ing about big ideas — arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, for example — but I also feel that stor­ies about people, not ideas (though the ideas might be the strongest aspect of a piece of fic­tion), are the most com­pel­ling.

Anywho, Eric’s post struck me as inter­est­ing, and you might want to check it out.

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Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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