• Science Fiction and the Personal-Political (3 of 3)

    The Personal-Political in Speculative Fiction

    In this third and final part to Science Fiction and the Personal-Political, let’s look at speculative fiction. More than all fiction as a whole, science fiction expresses explicit wishes for reality to be other than as it is, as well as warnings about what it might become.

    In society, expressed desires ...

  • Science Fiction and the Personal-Political (2 of 3)

    Privilege and the Personal-Political in Writing

    In this second part of Science Fiction and the Personal-Political, we begin with the influence of privilege on our perceptions of literature. My ever-handy dictionary defines privilege as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.”

    Positions of privilege allow some ...

  • Science Fiction and the Personal-Political (1 of 3)

    Politics in fiction today is a touchy subject, but one which still worth discussing. In opening, I wish to posit three points about it, especially in speculative fiction. First, our political truths are important and diverse, and since fiction is the lie through which society discusses uncomfortable truths, we had best be able to express ...