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Date: 2008-04-28 23:01
Subject: science fiction, what's that about, then? (part whatever it is)
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Some time ago, back before the PreCambrian Explosion, when it was just me and Jean Marie and Selkie and the (even then sadly-LJless) OJM rattling around here, with occasional interjections by Lou Anders and brisingamen and peake (remember those days, guys? Before all these boisterous folk started moving in?) I posted a few rather clumsy and embarrassing rants about the state of science fiction today and my rather namby-pamby views on it.
Well, I'm indebted to Neal Asher for pointing me at this article by Richard Morgan (whose novel Black Man I'm currently enjoying enormously) which addresses a few of the points I sort of approached but veered away from. I think the man talks a lot of sense. Any thoughts?
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User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-29 17:37 (UTC)
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Or to put it shorter, SF is about what if...

What if people were telepathic?

What if there had been world war 3?

What if we managed to invent hyperdrive in 1945?

What if aliens from another dimension popped by and tried to eat our brains?

Hmmm, I wonder if you can sum up all SF plots as "What if.."?
Anyone want to give it a go?
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-29 22:37 (UTC)
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I like the hyperdrive idea. I could do things with that.
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