Today at Kirkus Reviews: Suspension of Disbelief in Science Fiction
This week at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I look at Suspension of Disbelief in Science Fiction :
All readers of fiction, whether it be mainstream fiction or genre fiction, go into a story knowing it’s not actually true. They are willing to believe a story’s premise and setting at the outset, before reading the first word. But the initial open-mindedness of a premise is different than the continued belief in that premise. Suspension of disbelief is the act of postponing one’s judgment on the believability of a fictional story. This is important in all fiction, of course, but is even more important in science fiction and fantasy, where the worlds being portrayed can be very different from our own.
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