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Friday, June 13, 2008

Broaden the definition (Stross)

I think that if there's one key insight science can bring to fiction, it's that fiction—the study of the human condition—needs to broaden its definition of the human condition. Because the human condition isn't immutable and doomed to remain uniform forever. If it was, we'd still be living in caves rather than worrying about global climate change. To the extent that writers of mainstream literary fiction focus on the interior landscape exclusively, they're wilfully ignoring processes and events that have a major impact on our lives. And I think that's an unforgivably short-sighted position to take.

Charlie Stross

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