(Quote) Carlos-876737 said: First of all I wanted to ask you Cmer's, which of you likes Science Fiction, Fantasy or related literature...
(Quote) Carlos-876737 said:
First of all I wanted to ask you Cmer's, which of you likes Science Fiction, Fantasy or related literature?
The other questions, that I would like to try answer with you are the following:
1-Do you think these stories can be enjoyed both by children as well as by adults?
2-Why is there a social stigma regarding people who watch, read and/or write this particular genre?
3-Using contemporary examples such as Lewis and Tolkien(in the case of fantasy), do you think these stories can be helpful in exploring ideas related to society, culture, technology and even faith?
I would be glad to discuss these with you.
I have an English Literature degree, so my reading habits cover a vast array of the Dewey Decimal System.
I do like Sci-fi, though I go through phases. Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. I love the Enders series. I do think his books are helpful. They raise pertanent moral questions. I recommended them to my teenage students.
I also like Asimov, Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, Rod Sterling, Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula LeGuin, and several others. I think Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games
series raises some very timely questions for us to ponder.
I could go on. And then there is the field of sci-fi television and movies. George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry have made a huge impact on our culture. They were visionaries with their Star Wars and Star Trek series. Stargate and Babylon5 have touched on much of their work. Lucas' stories are very archetypal, which means they contain profound truths.
Ultimately any good story is really an imitation of the Greatest Story Ever Told. I believe there is a lot of our faith covered in really good sci-fi. Sci-fi tends to be visionary-- it explores where we could be going as a society. The world building that writers do in sci-fi is for the purpose of taking the societal issues of our day out of the context of our culture and placing them in foreign worlds so that we can see things better. The writers I mentioned have done that, which is why I enjoy their work.
As for a social stigma... There is one??? I guess I have so many friends, writers and readers, who are avid readers of sci-fi-- far more than I am-- that I just see it as equal billing as mystery, adventure, horror, and romance. It's all fiction-- some of it good and some bad.