Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Science Fiction

You have to remember, I write science fiction, and science fiction is naturally melodramatic and extreme... It asks two great questions, "What if?" and "If this goes on?" And it wants its answers -- its disasters -- to be big enough to be visible and understood.

Is this depressing? Not necessarily. There is a line that comes (I think) from Isaac Asimov. It may be the great statement of science fiction. "There will be a future, and it will be different."

This statement can be set in opposition to Francis Fukayama's stupid argument that history came to an end after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and to Margaret Thatcher's terrifying statement that "There is no alternative" to the status quo.

As long as there is life, there is change and therefore history; and as long as there is life, there are alternatives.

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In the ´90s Neoliberalism liked to talk about the Death of Ideology and therefore of History.

If all is guided only by economy then politics and history are not useful because society exist just to consume.

They were wrong obviously.

History, Politics and Society are alive hence they Change and mutate. That´s why I love Science Fiction and History, you look at the Now and think about the Future and its many paths.

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