Some science fiction and fantasy really soars. Authors like Ursula K. LeGuin, Joe Haldeman, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood challenge our thinking while creating worlds that stretch our imaginations as well. Those are the people we need to be capable of recognising and raising up to the eyes of the world. Part of that would be, as in any fiction or nonfiction, not accepting when authors lump all thinking beings into a few convenient boxes and thereby diminishing not only their literary work, but all of us.
Dr Katherine Phelps
OMG, yes!! An in this era of self publishing, no one is telling authors stuff like that. They say they hire editors, but really they’re hiring proof-readers not people capable of pushing them to bone deep story editing.
That’s why it took Harper Lee over 2 years to finish To Kill A Mockingbird. And that book became what it did in no small part because of Tay Hohoff.
Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut and Margaret Atwood and Mary Oliver — and so many more — they have challenged me to think like no one else. Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett — to imagine and chase crazy ideas.
Despite what anyone says, I believe writing is a noble career because it is writers and creators or all sorts that affect the thinking of entire generations.
What a fantastic conversation — I’m so glad you found my little rant. ❤
P.S. I just followed you… so I don’t lose you in the madding crowd and will see your ponderings in my feed. Have a great weekend!