Friday, 31 March 2017
What becomes of country roads in Cumbria after the fall of Poul Anderson's Terran Empire (see here)?
Might SM Stirling's Rangers and Tolkien's Elves meet in Anderson's Old Phoenix Inn between the universes (see here)?
What will become of Lancaster in James Blish's Okie History (see here)? (I do not think that it will go Okie.)
Might Ys have gone Okie if, instead of being inundated, it had survived into the Okie future history (see here)?
Might the Time Traveller, the Doctor and the Time Patrol interact (see here)?
Examples could be multiplied but I think that these five are sufficiently suggestive.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
No. It is possible to appreciate fiction while addressing the state of the world which unfortunately will probably be bad for a long time yet.
Is sf escapist?
Some is. However, some other works of sf address serious issues, e.g., see:
Issues In Mirkheim;
War, Wells And Anderson;
Cold War SF
Thermonuclear Warfare And James Blish
Fiction And Non-Fiction
Church And State
"The Old And Protean Enemy"
The Wardens' And Rangers' Time War II
The Sensitive Man
What We Expect
Synthesis And Sensitivity
More Background Details
Some References In "The Sensitive Man"
A Note On Draka And Psychotechnic Politics
Comments On A Debate About The Future
The History Of The Science Of Society
A Debate About The Future
Flandry's Theoretical Understanding