Within the past week or so, I have read that science fiction is struggling with political correctness. Evidently the controversy has been going on for awhile, but it seems to have come to a head earlier this year. I'm not up to date on these things. I don't fully understand the controversy. If you want to read more, you can do a simple search on the Internet. All I can say is that political correctness is fatal in art and that if science fiction crosses over into political correctness, that will surely be its end. Finally, we should remember that political correctness is a Leftist or Statist--in other words, totalitarian--practice. In one form or another, it made its way into science fiction as thought crime, from the novel 1984. You would think science fiction writers as well as anyone would understand its dangers.
|1984 by George Orwell. Cover art by Alan Harmon.|
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