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Thread: Speculative Fiction: A Serious Question

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply to my question. I'm especiall glad someone mentioned space squids. I've hated them ever since they attacked the Splattula System and wiped out the Throgions. Bastards!

    Here's a short list to crush the enemy and their irrational loathing of speculative writing. I mean we're not talking fringe here - these are the greats.

    Fairies, sprites, witches: William Shakespeare
    Ghosts: Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte
    Vampires: Bram Stoker (well, obviously)
    Time Travel: HG Wells & try Audrey Niffenegger for good measure
    Talking animals: George Orwell (CS Lewis won't win the argument. George just might)
    Dystopian "futures": Margaret Atwood, George Orwell again. Aldous Huxley.
    Angels, devils and demons: whoever wrote the Bible, especially the last bit
    Ghosts, monsters, handsome dark men out to destroy us all: Stephen King
    Donald Trump (no wait, that's not fiction - it's just unbelievable)

    I'm ignoring all the brilliant writers who are more usually identified as working in this space. The only books I've ever read twice were the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Dune saga. Both are simply astonishing works of art. But tell someone Shakespeare was a fantasy writer and they'll probably think you're nuts. Proceed with caution!

    I found this quote by Robert Sawyer. “Good literature illuminates the human condition; good science fiction illuminates the human condition by examining it in circumstances that could not occur in our day-to-day lives, therefore providing unique and provocative insights.”

    But as someone on this thread said - the haters gonna hate. I believe this is also a quote.

    Oh well, I'm off to hunt me some space squids. Bastards.
    Last edited by DMakinson; 06-18-2019 at 10:38 AM. Reason: formatting
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