Note — May 17, 2020

Bookish

Seen in → No.126

Two good articles on the past and present of sci-fi. First The Case for Stanislaw Lem, One of Science Fiction’s Unsung Giants on his life and a new edition of six of his most important works. Second The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’ which I hesitated to include but is interesting for this bit at the end.

[Some worried that internalizing a message of doom] could discourage efforts to halt or reverse environmental damage, that his gloom could be catching. What they seemed to miss was that most people are already plenty apathetic, and that representing apathy so plainly might force audiences to reckon with the fact of their giving up.