By Larry McCaffery
Glossy technological know-how fiction writers inhabit a land a ways faraway from the with ease commonly used geographical regions of E.T. and superstar Wars. Lurking the following within the suburbs of literature are the most clever, fiercely ingenious, and outrageous writing abilities at paintings this day. around the Wounded Galaxies probes the minds and psyches of 10 writers whose works have had an important impression at the evolution of the style over the last quarter-century. As Larry McCaffery places it, "While SF authors were sifting via ordinary SF parts and learning new complexities and syntheses, they've got additionally been boldly exploring literary terrain the place no authors have long gone before."
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Then they go back and live in the water-but they never get their gills back, even though gills might be convenient. And we know that whales and dolphins must have lived on land at one time, which is why they now have lungs. Obviously, it would be very convenient if evolution would allow them to go back and have gills again, but the whole evolutionary process seems to make this impossible. I'm not sure, but maybe this kind of irreversibility appliesto time travel in a general sense. Biological mutations or evolution may be a one-way street in nature, but perhapswe can intervene in this by surgery and cybernetic engineeringto biologically alter ourselvesin some favorable ways.
I'm thinking about New Mexico, and I come around a corner and there's a New Mexico license plate. The Land of Enchantment. Well, that's not an example of causeand effect. I didn't put it there by thinking about it. But I was there at the same time. The whole concept of synchronicity is much more in accord with the actual facts of perception. LM: Have you experimentedwith the different effectsyou get from different types of guns and shells? WB: Oh, yeah, yeah. Sometimesyou'll get big patchesof paint, and some of these are the most interesting.
They run away from it and watch "Monday Night Football," or join the Republican party. I've always been attracted to sciencebecauseof its provisional nature, not for its assurances. LM: That's the opposite of what most people would assume. GB: That assumption derivesfrom this fundamental misunderstanding of the history of sciencethat I was alluding to earlier. If science weren't provisional, it wouldn't be believable. We have simply ceased to believepeoplewho are deadcertain. What the averagepersondoesn't recognizeis that the whole scientific method is just a way of discovering things with increasing reliability, and always checking.
Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with Contemporary American Science Fiction Writers by Larry McCaffery