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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Didn’t modern science fiction begin with Frankenstein? Plenty of commentary on ethics and society there. In fact, it seems to have been in science fiction from the beginning. Basically everywhere except the most schlocky stuff. (And even then…)

    Of course, there’s also right-wing social commentary in science fiction. “Shadow over Innsmouth” is basically an anti-miscegenation screed.

    1. Yeah, you’re definitely right. These guys aren’t longing for the “sci fi of old”, or whatever, they want the 60s’ cheap pulp novels, commercialized and targeted at the adolescent male demographic.

      Not only that, because we still have plenty of pulp and cheesecake still, they want intellectually vacant materials to be celebrated with awards, and they’re willing to sacrifice the award’s credibility to get it.

  2. One of the pinnacles of science fiction/sci-fi (cheap or otherwise) is Star Trek – which was usually more morality play than sf.

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