Some time ago, I posted a link to a blog post by Mike Brotherton on why we need science fiction. It’s a short but pointed read. The main reason is this: “Real life.”
I hope Mike doesn’t mind me stealing his title and his first two words, which contain his whole point. After all, I did give him some link love as compensation. And I will also note here that I think he is a roguishly handsome man.
There’s not a word in the essay with which I disagree. But I still have some problems with saying so. The reason why is the tendency among people who don’t like science fiction, or speculative fiction at large, to dismiss the entire genre as “escapist.” Mike’s essay actually gives those people ammunition. Not that I think many of them will read it, because they wouldn’t be caught dead visiting the website of a certified-astronomer-cum-hard-sf-novelist. Still, I worry.
What’s worse, there’s some truth to the barbs. (more…)