quinta-feira, 5 de março de 2009

Is Science Fiction Science?

ROBERT L. KUHN: Do you see science fiction in other cultures having a different
character to them?

DAVID BRIN: Japanese science fiction uh, Brazilian science fiction and, very
interesting science fiction literature that arose out of the Soviet Union, out of enthusiastic
socialists, very different, in many ways, than ours. But if you travel around the world
you can, as a science fiction author, know the difference between those countries in
which science fiction is popular and that which it isn’t. In Japan people will pick me up
at the airport, in India they won’t.

OCTAVIA BUTLER: I remember going to a conference in New York, it was a African
Women of the Diaspora, called The Yari Yari Conference, actually, The Future of the
Future. There were a lot of people from third world countries where it wasn’t a matter of
press freedom so much as finding the necessities, a printing press for one, finding some
way to get your book on paper and then to distribute it, all yourself.

DAVID BRIN: But there’s another essential point for why this is an American literature
to some degree, and that is all of the propaganda mills coming out of the American
experience, promote suspicion of authority and to some degree, tolerance. As Octavia
was saying, there are a lot of cultures in which authority is a much more revered thing, or,
much more of a problematical thing in day-to-day life.

OCTAVIA BUTLER: Or, just in which there are a lot more needs that aren’t being met.

DAVID BRIN: That’s exactly right.

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