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SF & the Padded Cell

David and I had lunch with Eric Rabkin and over lunch there was much discussion of the future of sf and sf's relationship to the future. Then I plug in the computer into our hotel room Internet connection and run across this marvellous passage by Gwyneth Jones:

19th Jan
fugue caused by Bush inauguration, British Army in Iraq photos, tsunami coverage, & Intelligent Design in Pennsylvania. Singularity? Don't make me laugh. The real reason why sf writers "dare not tackle the near future, and have fled to exotic fantasy or military space opera" is so blindingly obvious I must be mad to go on trying, yes, the only explanation, this is really a padded cell

Indeed.

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