In our heads, fantasy and science-fiction writers go to crazy places, other worlds, and extra dimensions. In reality, though, a change of geography can lead our creativity to new heights and ground us in broader truths.
27 June 2018 — Harlan Ellison has died. He represented much of the best, and some of the worst, in speculative fiction. We should forget neither.
How is it one of the greatest science-fiction novels of the twentieth century earns the same rating as a badly informed masturbation fantasy filled with dangerous BDSM advice? Let’s find out, and then do something about it. Recommend worthy books, and be wary of the five-star rating system.
Politics in fiction today is a touchy subject, but one still worth discussing. In opening, I wish to posit three points about it, especially in speculative fiction.