As we all know, Science Fiction can cover a range of sub-genres - some, for example, are little different from their fantasy cousins except for being set on Mars or else in a galaxy far, far away. However, the Science Fiction can also be an extremely powerful vehicle for the expression of thought-provoking ideas and philosophical enquiry.
How do you feel about this more contemplative SF fiction? Do you enjoy it or do you feel it gets in the way of good story-telling? Have you ever read any particular favourites that you feel have left a strong impression on you? Why?
One that did it for me is Connie Willis's short story "Schwarzschild Radius". It's an extraordinary story of two World War I German soldiers in a trench on the Eastern front while at the same time it is about a thought-experiment concerning the nature of black holes. To my mind, it's a brilliant reflection on the limits of perception but also on the power of imagination to take us into places that would otherwise be impossible to reach. I highly recommend it if you can get hold of it.
"Roadside Picnic" by the Strugatsky brothers and "The Centauri Device" by M John Harrison. Both very different narratives with a totally different feel. I don't know why they affect me the way they do, but I can revisit them almost continuously and find something new with each reading. Of the two, "Roadside Picnic" is probably the most contemplative, but I find the ending of "Centauri Device" very emotional.
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