The Value of Fiction in a Serious World
At the Silicon Flatirons conference on Science Fiction & Entrepreneurship one of the speakers told an anecdote about how he had asked Brad Feld for a business book recommendation. Brad said he didn’t read them, but proceeded to recommend some science fiction books instead. There’s an undercurrent of sentiment in our society that science fiction isn’t serious, and therefore isn’t worthy of reading. After all, science fiction isn’t real. It creates tension for the sake of story where none might exist in the real world. And worst of all, it so often gets the science wrong.