December 06, 2007
The big problem with being sniffy about SF is that its just too important to ignore. After all, what kind of fool would refuse to be seen reading Borgess Labyrinths, Stanislaw Lems Fiasco, Orwells 1984, Huxleys Brave New World or Wellss War of the Worlds just because they were SF? These are just good books, irrespective of genre. But they are also books that embody the big ideas of the time both Wells and Lem were obsessed with human insignificance in the face of the immense otherness of the universe, Huxley with technology as a seductive destroyer and Orwell with our capacity for authoritarian evil. Borges, like Lem, suspects we know nothing of ourselves. Interested in these things? Of course you are. Read SF.
As an addendum, here's a link to the short story Answer referred to in the article above.
December 04, 2007
So what happens? Does Rudolph finally have enough of the bullying and dons a trenchcoat, listens to Marilyn Manson and mows down his enemies? No, Rudolph goes off on an adventure. He escapes his problems instead of confronting them. When you think about it, running away on adventure isn't so bad, as he could have turned to a life on the streets, doing "favors" for old barflys in exchange for salt licks.
I really missed Michele's blogging during her absence. And her post put me in mind to repost an old image:
December 03, 2007
Thanks go to Brian Tiemann for the link.
Welcome NOT back, Annika.
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