Science- fiction took up this mantle as it was created, asking how would man act in space, how would humans react to meting aliens? What if the aliens were violent/ peaceful/ inscrutable/ insane? And many, many more ideas and questions.
Science fiction also asked philosophical concepts like, “What are the limits of freedom?”
Not by directly asking the question, of course, but by placing the characters in a situation where boundaries were tested, and showing what happened next.
|Equality for the masses-sorta|
|What indeed Piggy, what indeed.|
Some might say that in recent years Sci-Fi has lost that edge, it has become more about telling a good story, or worse yet, advancing a political ideology, rather than asking its readers to think about difficult subjects. For the most part, I disagree, what has happened is that some social mores have shifted, science has advanced, and as a result, answered those questions that early Sci-Fi authors asked.
Totalitarian regimes fail, both those driven by Romanticism and Realism as well as those led by messianic figures. Sexual liberation is possible, but there is a cost both to the individual and to society. Individualism taken to the extreme leads to anarchy, not utopia. You can not chemically “improve” a person for any length of time, nor can we alter the mind, yet.
There are plenty of other basic questions that have not yet been answered and the best authors still ask them.
Hope 239 is one such book. On the surface it is a simple tale about a colony ship that has traveled to another series of worlds and is about to begin settlement. Under the surface of the words, however, are some very dark, uncomfortable questions.
Can you be called “aware,” and still be blindly obedient to instructions?
If the perceived best course of action is for a subset of a group to commit suicide, so that the rest may flourish, is it still the best course of action?
Is there a difference between domestication and slavery?
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As I have said before, books that make me think, while telling a damn fine story are my favorite kind. Hope 239 is this kind of book and I look forward to Jeffery's next novel.
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Junior Inquisitor, book number one of the Inquisitor Series, is still a bargain at 2.99. You can find it at Amazon in both paperback and e-book.
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