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Go to: Fantasy's Spell on Pop Culture: When Will It Wear Off?

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Comment 3 by Peter Grant :

Love sci-fi and fantasy, enjoy all forms of escapism. I doubt the bubble will burst though. Just imagine what complex virtual worlds we will be able to create in the future!

I wouldn't label "hard" sci-fi as escapism. Still a lot of quality authors churning out good stuff. I'm especially fond of Kim Stanley Robinson and his "utopian" fiction. Vernor Vinge, and David Brin are terrific as well.

Regarding the original post, fantasy fiction has been "mainstream" for quite a while, no? I grew up on Dragonlance and David Gemmell novels. The stuff bores me stiff nowadays, but they bring back fond memories.

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 05:30:10 UTC | #857313

Go to: Atheists who hate atheists?

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Hmmm, what is this mission? I thought this was a discussion forum, not a propaganda board.

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:35:08 UTC | #857301

Go to: Atheists who hate atheists?

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I'm not picking on you, Ray, as I simply happened upon this thread, but dare I say you're almost religious about your convictions?

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 06:46:25 UTC | #856875

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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Raytoman, I offer you this quote, from a book review by Christopher Hitchens:

"...one of the most idiotic jeers against animal lovers is the one about their preferring critters to people. As a matter of observation, it will be found that people who 'care'—about rain forests or animals, miscarriages of justice or dictatorships—are, though frequently irritating, very often the same people. Whereas those who love hamburgers and riskless hunting and mink coats are not in the front ranks of Amnesty International. Like the quality of mercy, the prompting of compassion is not finite, and can be self-replenishing."

Missbutton made a similar point. It's fine if you think that animal welfare isn't an important issue, but don't create a false dichotomy to justify your position. It's insulting.

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 06:20:05 UTC | #856867

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