Wednesday, February 22

"figures like Heinlein and Gingrich"

Just in case it's been a while since you were profoundly irritated by a "Science Fiction is like this" piece in a mainstream media outlet, Neil Gaiman mentions a really high-test instance of the genre: Newt Gingrich's Fantasy Campaign—and the Fictions That Gave Rise to It.

There's a lot to be said about the American political dynamic and SF, especially in an age when the right-libertarian impulse is so ascendant here. I don't begrudge anyone the effort; it strikes me as important subject matter. I do wish, without much hope, that journalists making such efforts would occasionally go to the trouble of knowing things.