Interesting piece in the Guardian on realism’s place in science fiction.
His novels may be shelved alongside dragons from Anne McCaffery and the surreal physics of M John Harrison’s Kefahuchi Tract, but Kim Stanley Robinson insists that he writes science fiction because he’s a realist.
“I think I do science fiction because I feel like if you’re going to write realism about our time, science fiction is simply the best genre to do it in,” Robinson says. “This is because we’re living in a big science fiction novel now that we all co-write together.”
“You write domestic realism and you’ve trapped yourself into a tiny little portion of a much larger reality. You write science fiction and you’re actually writing about the reality that we’re truly in, and that’s what novels ought to do.”
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