A fairly long essay by Dan Simmons, in response to the heated response for his short story Message from a Time Traveler".
Dan Surely "gets it", like another SF Author, ORson Scott Card. Kinda surprising, since so many authors seem to go along with the typical liberal ethos/pathos. Dan happens to be one of my favorite authors, and I admit it warms my heart a little, to know he is not otherwise a moonbat.
posted on 05/15/2006 10:22:40 PM PDT
I thought you might be interested..
posted on 05/15/2006 10:24:52 PM PDT
(Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
More genius from the best SF writer since Orson Scott Card.
posted on 05/16/2006 1:07:32 AM PDT
by Zeon Cowboy
That was a terrific essay. Why not write him and ask if he'd object to a longer excerpt -- like maybe the first one or two thousand words -- being posted here? It might stimulate a good FR thread and give Dan Simmons some promotional exposure. In any case, thanks for the post.
posted on 05/16/2006 1:20:07 AM PDT
Many SF writers are conservative/libertarian, in spite of the political leanings of magazines like Asimov's and, to a lesser extent, Analog. Unfortunately science fiction, like other forms of popular culture, has not been immune from the kind of intellectual elitism that Simmons describes.
posted on 05/16/2006 1:21:18 AM PDT
(Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
re :Other forum-posters were incensed that I could not see the true evil stalking the world todaythe United States of America, with the mendacious madman George W. Bush at the center of this expansionist evil empire, dispatching the U.S. Marine Corps to steal oil from innocent nations, subjugate them, and to slaughter babies there.
I read the story and found it laughable at best, but I am a firm supporter of the current war.
But the future he described just stretched my credibility too much
posted on 05/16/2006 2:09:21 AM PDT
(We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
Does anyone know what the three words at the end were?
posted on 05/16/2006 5:24:26 AM PDT
posted on 05/16/2006 5:52:32 AM PDT
by Sam Cree
(Delicacy, precision, force)
Have you noticed how much our own Liberal establishment has begun to resemble a religion. To be a liberal, you need to have blind faith that if all people believed as you do, a new era would begin.
The fact that the state wooled own every citizen and could insist how you would live doesn't matter. After all your life would be better.
I can easily see liberal beliefs becoming, in time, more like national socialism or communism. All that would be required would be a charismatic leader who could channel the liberal beliefs in such a way that the beliefs would be required thinking.
I did not believe this 6 years ago, but I have seem how the left wing has become unhinged about George Bush. They are surely becoming pathological.
posted on 05/16/2006 6:29:03 AM PDT
(Every morning I wake up and thank God that I was not born as Chuck Shumer)
A long but truly excellent read. Thanks again.
posted on 05/16/2006 6:33:31 AM PDT
(Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
posted on 05/16/2006 6:52:35 AM PDT
(When Chuck Norris falls in water, Chuck Norris doesn't get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris.)
He does get it. I am impressed.
posted on 05/16/2006 7:53:27 AM PDT
by Knitting A Conundrum
(Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
Thanks for the post, good read.
1st time I've heard of this Author, he writes well.
Down to the Library I'll be headed.
posted on 09/14/2006 9:28:42 AM PDT
(That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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