Science Fiction and November 2020

Running a day late, folks, but please do yourself a favor and check out yesterday’s Story Empire post by Gwen Plano. Amazingly thought-provoking and inspirational, she quotes some of my favorite authors (Ray Bradbury being one) and poses some interesting questions. When you’ve had a chance to ponder her topic, I hope you’ll pass it along so others can give it some thought, as well. Thanks, and thanks to Gwen for a superb post that will resonate with me for some time. (There’s a reason I read more fantasy than anything else these days. 🙂 )

Story Empire

Hello, SE readers! Today I will again focus on inspiration–but with a twist. I’ve been thinking about Mark Twain, and not because I live a couple of hours from the Mississippi River.Rather, it’s because I read some of his science fiction work and was haunted by his comment: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

It seems to me that Twain nailed it. Truth is stranger than fiction, and November 2020 is evidence. Most of us could not have imagined the craziness that has unfolded this year. But if anyone could have, wouldn’t it have been the science fiction writers? Those visionaries who populate outer space with odd-looking creatures, who make intergalactic wars part of our vocabulary, who go deep into the earth and uncover cities of strange beings? Yes, those writers.

Inspired by Twain’s statement, let’s visit…

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