Still More Tidbits

I’m catching up on some newsfeed minutia and found some interesting tidbits from around the web:

3 thoughts on “Still More Tidbits”

  1. “The only great post 50’s sci-fi writer was probably Stanislaw Lem.”

    WTF?

    Surely that’s the ranting of some Trek-centric fanboy whi thinks SF consists SOLELY of ships zooming through space and brave men meeting allogorical aliens.

    I think it’s funny that such a puerile shallow view of the world’s greatest genre is put forth in a post about fascism, because this is the kind of self-hating shit that SF tends to get a rep for, and the “defenders” (for lack of a beeter word) of this rep firmly believe that their view of SF is correct.

    Wankers, all of ‘em.

  2. My reply regarding the SF=facsism guy and Heinlein=facist. WELL! This guy has got to read stuff about RA Heinlein besides Alexei Panshin’s book. Heinlein was way to hard to pin down to labels (for example, after one reads The moon is a harsh mistress, one might believe Robert Anson was a libertarian anarchist). A literature instructor I took a class from says in her opinion Heinlein liked to do thought experiments in his books and then move on to the next thing, and these thought experiments did not necessarily depict his true views. For example, regarding Stranger in a strange land, the thought experiment was anarchist free love, the in Double star it was constitutional monarchism. Historically, I’ve been told that when Heinlein moved to California in the 1930s he actively campaigned on for Upton Sinclair, who was Socialist party candidate for state governor. Furthermore, I read more recently that he claimed he was a socialist until he met his wife Virginia during WWII.

  3. To go beyond the last post. Historically, if one considers the first organized group of fans and writers, the Futurians in NYC, these guys were all very radical (IOW, socialist and left socialist) in their politics, and as left wing politicos often do they argued strongly and heatedly about left wing issues (see as reference Judith Merrill’s autobiography and memoir Better to have loved) SF writers as a group span the political spectrum from neo-con, OS Card, to militarist conservative, Pournelle and Niven, liberal democrats, Asimov (when he was alive) and Pohl, European conservative, Peter F. Hamilton, to communist, Ian Banks.

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