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Ian McEwan makes foray into SF, fool of self

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Steerpike, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Steerpike

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    "McEwan has an abiding faith that novels are the best place to examine such ethical dilemmas, though he has little time for conventional science fiction. 'There could be an opening of a mental space for novelists to explore this future, not in terms of travelling at 10 times the speed of light in anti-gravity boots, but in actually looking at the human dilemmas of being close up to something that you know to be artificial but which thinks like you.'"

    Yes, McEwan is going to blaze a trail over the well-beaten path that SF have traveled since at least the late 1960s. Let's hope the novel itself is more cutting edge than his viewpoint, or we're in for a tired rehash of well-traveled ground.

    Ian McEwan: ‘Who’s going to write the algorithm for the little white lie?’
     
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