Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Why Robot Stories are Good for the Soul

So having been on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy since my very first episode of Voltron at the age of 5, I've often found myself explaining to others why I typically find non-speculative literature unchallenging. I have a pretty well-rehearsed diatribe about how I prefer books that give me a new world or concept to play with, rather than offer me a rehash of the limited gamut of "real" human experiences. But now when I'm feeling lazy, I can just point folks to this fantastic article by Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson, in which he poses that science fiction is "the last great literature of ideas". -S.

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