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In fact, many if not most sentient beings and societies in SF are a sublimation of some humans or societies as we (resp. the writer) know them here and now. While some of that is superb, I am not fond of the idea of SF as a mere analogy. That would make it an exercise in collective autism.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 06:57:20 AM EST
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Now, the question is whether (and how) Soviet-bloc science fiction themes from the cold war differ from American ones.

Anglo-American post-apocalyptic sci-fi (peaking in the 60's) has to do with the fear of nuclear war, but often this is expressed in stories about mass mortality from disease or ecological failure.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 07:00:52 AM EST
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