We have a lot of parallels in the world of fiction writing and sci/fi, part the eleventeenth

May 29, 2013

I guess I mostly just link said parallels on the Twitts these days, but one of my favorite authors, Tobias Buckell, really nailed it in a slightly longer form:

It’s often hard to critique one single work of fiction, as I pointed to a friend once when complaining about race in SF. There’s always a *reason* inside the hermetic environ of the art for the lack of representation. Defenders can always point to world building reasons the work ‘has’ to be the way it is. But when you list title after title that does the same exact thing, it becomes a larger apparent trend.

I’m sure you can see where to replace certain words with the science/academia equivalents……

3 Responses to “We have a lot of parallels in the world of fiction writing and sci/fi, part the eleventeenth”

  1. Ola Says:

    So you’re saying a single C/N/S paper doesn’t really mean much; what counts is the aggregate of a scientist’s output? Gee if only we had a way to measure that. Or am I barking up the wrong end of the stick?


  2. DrugMonkey Says:

    Try again, Ola.


  3. LM Says:

    Buckell is right on the money here re:fantasy/scifi, and I’m glad I can now point to this fairly nice summary. “Why are there no interesting female characters in this book?” “Because it’s set in a world where women have no power…” “And why do we keep writing books about this sort of world?” It’s a big mark against otherwise pretty great books, like The Mote in God’s Eye.

    In an offhand way, it also kind of reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhZRDoGZg00


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