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February 25, 2013

Writers are lousy predictors of the future

because accurate prediction is not, despite what an occasional Jules Verne yarn or Analog story might predict, the point of telling a scientific romance. The point is to tell a myth using the setting and theme and moral concerns inherent in the scientific worldview. -- Future War | John C. Wright's Journal

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 25, 2013 9:18 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Well, that's one reason for writing SciFi. At the risk of misrepresenting him, Orson Scott Card, another highly regard SciFi author, has said that one of the reasons he prefers to write in that genre is that it allows him to write about what are essentially religious themes without the overt trappings of religion and all their concomitant baggage that would otherwise get in the way of the story and/or turn off sections of his audience.

Posted by: Grizzly at February 25, 2013 7:52 PM

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