Jonathan Lethem discussed the porous borders between science fiction and “the mainstream,” how contemporary fiction acknowledges (or doesn’t) technology and capitalism, and wanting to write about his grandmother’s sex life.
“Too often, we hear that a science fiction story has “succeeded” if it predicts the future accurately. But that’s the wrong measure of success. The most powerful works of SF don’t describe the future — they change it.”
How to measure the power of a science fiction story article over at i09
Here is an excerpt of the book Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure (edited by Kathryn Allan) , which looks at the ways the technology in scifi strives to normalize disabled bodies through 12 texts by different experts.
“let’s save the world through science fiction.”
Interview with author and sic-fi historian James Gunn