The inaugural installment of Denver’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series was a resounding success, bringing a great crowd to Denver’s own BookBar. New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn read from her newest novel, Bannerless, and Laurence MacNaughton read from his outrageously funny A Kiss Before Doomsday.
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.