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Writing a space opera or otherwise using space combat in your SF? This is a fantastic article on the topic.

My favorite quote, and something I will almost certainly use when discussing SF in any context:

"Science fiction can inform policy-making directly. One of the great strengths of science fiction is that it allows you have a conversation about something that you otherwise couldn't talk about because it's too politically charged. It allows you to create the universe you need in order to have the conversation you want to have."

In other news, I made an impromptu trip with Kij to Salina on Saturday evening, where she was doing a reading and signing at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House. If you're ever in Salina, Kansas, and want to pick up a copy of my novel Transcendence, the Sentinels In Honor of Arthur C. Clarke collection, the Westward Weird collection, or one of Kij's books, stop by the place! Downtown Salina is charming, as well, and the town has the best BBQ joynt I've yet to enjoy.

Chris

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carmy_w
Oct. 1st, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Want lots of BBQ? McPherson is hosting "Burning Down Main Street" next Saturday! BBQ cookoff all day long!
mckitterick
Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
That sounds great! Unfortunately, that's also when I have a funeral to attend.
dsgood
Oct. 1st, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Using science fiction (or utopian, dystopian, other related genres) that way almost never works. Unless, of course, the goal is preaching to the choir.
mckitterick
Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
I believe it can! If people aren't blinded by their preconceptions and specifics about their own circumstances or current politics, it's easier to see things in new ways.

Most importantly, though, I believe SF can help shape young (aka "open") minds to be more accepting of difference. It certainly helped me that way when I was growing up, as did experiences with "the other" such as living in Korea as a kid. I didn't suffer from the same kind of knee-jerk racism as did most of the people growing up in the rural town where I went to high school.
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