|The Early Days of a Better Nation|
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The true-believing writer, artist or scientist does not create to express himself ... or to discover the true and the beautiful. His task, as he sees it, is to advise, to urge, to glorify and to denounce.Uh-oh. Does that remind you of anything? What it reminded me of was Charlie Stross's speculation that SF is the literary wing of Technocracy, a totalitarian (oh yes it is!) mass movement that never quite got enough warm bodies together to pile up any cold ones. The movement got nowhere, but its agitators and propagandists continued their long march. As I've put it elsewhere, it's as if Communism had fizzled in the 1920s but there was still a genre, called by its afficionados 'SR', that for some incomprehensible reason kept going on and on and on about tractors.
To 'advise, to urge, to glorify and to denounce' - what's that but a clear statement of what, in the default view of many SF readers and writers, SF is primarily for?
Oh, and I'm standing right here with my atomic spanner, trying to remember why I brought it, me.