Tuesday, 30 December 2008
SF, that sort based on technological advance, is a marvellous thing, but such advances are all ineluctably functions of wealth. Poverty is immmiscible with them. People are rich, today, in myriad exotic and futuristic ways; but people are poor today as people have always been. They starve, and sicken, and die young. SF is very bad at representing this massive constant of human existence.