[SFRA-L] dan simmons query
n.easterbrook at tcu.edu
Mon Mar 5 12:36:43 EST 2012
Dear Hive Mind--
So I'm writing something abt "libertarian" sf, and one of the things I'm reading is Dan Simmons' newest book, _Flashback_.
Portions of the text are given to Stapledon/AC Clarke-style cultural screeds that are unremittingly "conservative" in tone and substance. (Certainly more "conservative" than "libertarian," at least so far.) Very much like, say, John Ringo's tone and commentary, in such things as _The Last Centurion_.
While I'm always careful to distinguish authors and narrators, consistent patterns across books does indeed indicate something abt authors.
I'm racking my brain, however: while I've read a good portion of Simmons' work--especially the sf books--I can't recall any text that went off on screeds abt contemporary US politics.
Does anyone remember anything in Simmons that's overtly, aggressively, and unequivocally a didactic fiction (or portion thereof) on politics, left, right, or center?
Thanks for yr efforts,
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