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specfiction Posted - 09/09/2007 : 11:52:09
One of the disappointments I've had is that my own book, Proteus Rising, was written to some degree as political fiction. It is of course a SF novel, but it was meant to play on several levels. One very clear level is political fiction. The backdrop of the book is Mars--SF--but the venue was chosen more for its frontier atmosphere than to promote a SF context. It is set in the far future--true--but more to enhance the believability of the scientific premise than to promote the SF context. Unfortunately though, if a book has a SF look, most readers interested in political of societal fiction will never pick it up. Why not? Because in our modern literary landscape everything has been carefully cropped--round pegs in round holes.

Here is an interesting piece in the Washington Monthly entitled "Why Americans can't write political fiction." Interestingly enough, Christopher Lehmann, the author of the essay, chooses 1984, a SF novel, as the best example of enduring political fiction!

Why Americans can't write political fiction


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