A Declaration of Purpose

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.

Otherwhere Gazette

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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