An interesting alternative from Toni Weisskopf. I’m not sure I 100% agree. Because I still believe the primary goal of a writer is to TELL THE STORY. If the message comes along for the ride, great. If the hero and heroine inspire, awesome. But the story is what I want people to take from reading. I want them to think they’ve been on an amazing ride.
If I’ve done that, I won. If they took something from it, that’s icing. The story is the cake.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
- Humanity is worth saving.
- One planet is not enough for humans.
- Experiments and efforts to reach space are not a waste of money, but useful for life on earth, and reaching beyond it.
- The government is incapable of reaching out to the stars, private endeavors will be the ones to drive that movement.
- We write and publish to persuade others toward that goal of reaching out to the stars.
- Science Fiction stories further that persuasion and expansion of imagination.
- This is why science fiction needs to be based in hard science, and also why fantasy needs to create the understanding of what it is that heroes do.
- This is no way interferes with belief in a higher power – or conversely, requires belief in a higher power.
I listened to Toni Weisskopf deliver that thrilling declaration of what science fiction is for on…
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