Science Fiction's Fall From Grace

David Starr and I share a love of science fiction. Then again, we're both engineering geeks and we both grew up on authors like Asimov, Dickson, Heinlein, Pournelle, Niven, and a host of other sci-fi greats. Too bad sci-fi has been reduced to a shadow of its former self, with the politically correct, the third wave feminists, and the Progressive Left trying to force more 'inclusive' science fiction.

The problem is that most of it stinks and a lot of it is boring as hell. Who wants to read a 300 page tome about some poor transgendered humanoid who is misunderstood and never really does anything of note? Who gives a rat's ass if the society where we find ourselves reading about is politically correct and so tolerant that nothing ever happens? Who cares how many lovers the lesbian protagonist has had over the years if it adds absolutely nothing to the story? Nobody...except them, of course.

As I mentioned to David, I've been checking out a lot of the indie sci-fi authors on Amazon and have found a lot of it is pretty good. Some of it is really good. And, not all that unexpectedly, some is awful. (Most of the 'awfulness' comes from poor/non-existent proofreading and editing.) One of the other niceties of the indie sci-fi is that it costs a lot less. I've been downloading some of it to our Kindle for between 99¢ and a couple of bucks.

Such are the renegades of sci-fi.