Spaceships. Aliens. Androids, alternative timelines, and answers to problems no one has solved yet.
Speculative fiction offers authors a playground to try any number of scenarios impossible in the world as we currently know it. At the same time, this unfamiliar landscape allows freedom to make political statements that might not be permitted in realistic contemporary fiction.
Why is it, then, that so much of speculative fiction presents the same dominant power structures of our current society, only dressed up as exciting and new?
In past QSF discussions, I’ve asked what responsibility we feel as authors and readers to combat sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of marginalization. We accept, by our participation in this group, that speculative fiction offers possibilities not available in other forms of storytelling. What are we doing to harness this power?
Today, I’d like to present a personal favorite that is shared by many of us: Star Trek. More specifically, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Because Star Trek is beloved to many but removed from our current society, it offers a meeting ground for us to discuss issues that can become contentious or difficult to see in our own daily lives.
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