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mark211Most thought-provoking Science Fiction?2015-06-07 01:27:36
mark211As 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. 2015-06-07 01:30:55
mark211How 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?2015-06-07 01:33:46
mark211One 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.2015-06-07 01:41:20
Ironspider"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.2015-06-07 13:41:08





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