Bem, sejamos francos - A atitude derrisória de alguns quanto à ficção científica é, no melhor dos casos, ignorância, e no pior deles, provincianismo cultural ...
A nota do Centauri Dreams é muito interessante, e deveria ser lida na totalidade. A expressão "inveja do futuro" é magnífica. Ler em Science Fiction and Interstellar Thinking
Um excerto da nota:
"Garretson is a futurist and strategic thinker [...] He’s absorbed by the idea of using science fiction as a way of shaping resiliency and encouraging futuristic thinking, calling SF “…a kind of marketing for a grand future for humanity. It creates a need. It creates future envy. We get hooked on a vision, whether Utopian, or just plain cooler than today, and we want to bring it into being.”
[...] As to the objection that science fiction is escapist in its orientation, Garretson has this to say: "I think SF is fundamentally different than other fiction in that for many of us, it is the opposite of escapist. I do not read SF to get out of the present because I am pained by my present condition, but rather to inform and give meaning to my plans for the future and action in the present because I am optimistic about either the present or the future. [...]
I think what Garretson is getting at here ties directly to our own emphasis on long-term thinking. An optimistic turn of mind is one that sees the power of the individual to shape the future, even when the results one is working toward will not be accomplished necessarily within one’s own lifetime. We all need to be reminded of that outlook, especially when the slow pace of change (and the ongoing budgetary problems involved in any space exploration) tempt us into disillusionment. [...]
Let me close by quoting Garretson again, this time on where he sees science fiction going: I am also of the opinion that the best way to predict the future is to create it. So let me attempt to create the future of science fiction with a bit of criticism. I think today’s sci-fi is too dark, it is too pre-occupied with humanity’s problems, and not sufficiently concerned with stroking its ambitions and setting new vistas. I think science fiction needs to pull back a bit from the space-opera fantasy, and transcend the cyber-punk darkness. [...] I think right now we most need science fiction that creates a compelling vision of where we can take humanity over perhaps 3 generations using real, not just imagined technology… I believe there is a real world of the future that could involve a sustainable, developed world getting its energy from Space Solar Power, protecting Earth from asteroids, mining the sky for valuable minerals, and protecting our climate. Where access to space through space planes and other new innovations is common. I think we could use that as a stepping stone to free-flying space colonies. How different would that be? What would it be like to live in that world? What kind of institutions would make it work? How can we hook kids on the science it takes to put it all together? How do we get them to decide: “I want to solve that problem”,”I want to live in that world!”
If we let it tap its deepest roots, science fiction can indeed be the stuff that dreams are made of. Be sure to read all of this absorbing interview."
PS: A explicação da formatação "estranha" resulta de uma tentativa, a ver o que dava, e não conseguir reverter para o normal - não se pretendeu dar qualquer ênfase em especial. Fica, porque, enfim, este é um blogue sempre em construção.