Dystopia

This weekend at Salt Lake Comic Con, I mentioned three recent newspaper articles or opinion pieces that had bearing on the conversation.  Since a few people have mentioned or asked about those articles, I wanted to share them here.

Here’s an opinion piece in the Guardian arguing that YA dystopian fiction “promotes a tacit right-wing libertarianism.”

Here’s an opinion piece in Wired saying dystopian sci fi makes us “fear technology,” and that therefore no one should write it.

And here is Gizmodo reporting on futurist Nell Watson’s concern that a benevolent AI might exterminate humanity as a mercy killing.

By the way, I have an audiobook out:

city of the saints audiobook

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One Response to Dystopia

  1. John Olsen says:

    I enjoyed your panels at Steamfest, but didn’t see you at the Comic Con.

    Seeing those links really amazes me because of what a good alarmist can come up with. As far as I can tell, the best purpose it can be put to is to generate new story plots.

    The problem with asking those who know technology about technology is that the answers tend to be more boring than alarmist. It seems that only non-programmers worry about sentient computers running amok. Asking my friend with the nuclear engineering degree about irradiated food results in a “nothing to see here” answer. Same with bioengineering and gene splicing.

    The fun with fiction is that you don’t let those boring truths get in the way of a romping good story. We get to play in the world of “what’s the worst that could happen” and can take advantage of fears and paranoia.

    There will always be those who look at any polarized presentation (fiction or not) and will come down on the other side of the fence ideologically. There is plenty of fiction that I think is used as a way to push a particular agenda, but I believe the most successful authors can use perception of agenda to further a story rather than the other way around, with perceived story furthering an agenda.

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