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SF Tidbits for 9/17/07

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

4 Comments on SF Tidbits for 9/17/07

  1. “We believe that for most of us, the future is here on Earth.”

    So we return to what? A lack of hope? No grand adventures and explorations? Stories about over-population, etc., that littered the SF landscape as I was growing up?

  2. I fully expect to see the Mundane-SF folks posting at DemocraticUnderground and DailyKos any day now. Their pessimism would fit right in.

  3. thoreaubred // September 17, 2007 at 11:33 am //

    I’m still waiting to see someone rebut the Mundanes in a way that doesn’t entirely miss their point. You can pick out certain things and call them pessimistic, but when I read that post it was as clear as ever that what Ryman is saying is that Earth is beautiful and that wanting to leave it behind and live on a space ship is pessimistic.

  4. I don’t think anyone out there is denying that the earth is beautiful, but to label people or ideas as childish because they use and/or are non-mundane tropes is incredibly arrogant and conceited. And tropes, after all, are only meaningful in the context the writer chooses to give them for his or her particular story.

    This Is The Way The World Ends by James Morrow is based on a bullshit premise, it is physically impossible for future generations to suddenyl appear out of thin air and put the people responsible for nuclear war on trial. But it still works as a story, IMO, because it is more about ‘truth’, than the absolute fact of the matter.

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