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Friday, August 01, 2008

Via SF Signal: Video of classic s.f. authors speaking about the value of science fiction.

Perhaps not surprisingly I'm struck by what dirty hippie Harlan Ellison has to say about the connection between science fiction, ecology, and disaster:

What it is is that we're beginning to realize and recognize ourselves as part, literally, of the universe, not just of ourselves, and #1, but our responsibility for the entire universe. We throw a cigarette butt down in the grass, or we throw our picnic lunch in the lake—that's not just us getting rid of our garbage so we don't have to be burdened with, man, we are screwing up the ecology, and that's all the ecology, that's the whole planet. And that means that we're thinking in larger terms.