Monday, December 03, 2007

The relevance of sci-fi

In The Sunday Times, Brian Appleyard argues that science-fiction writing is more relevant than ever.
“The truth is,” [Brian] Aldiss has written, “that we are at last living in an SF scenario.” A collapsing environment, a hyperconnected world, suicide bombers, perpetual surveillance, the discovery of other solar systems, novel pathogens, tourists in space, children drugged with behaviour controllers – it’s all coming true at last. Aldiss thinks this makes SF redundant. I disagree. In such a climate, it is the conventionally literary that is threatened, and SF comes into its own as the most hardcore realism.

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