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Author Cory Doctorow On 'The Dangers Of Cynical Sci-Fi Disaster Stories'

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:31pm
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:06pm

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Science fiction explores numerous themes, but the two most common generally involve dystopia or utopia.

An increasingly divided nation might have been in search of ideas that are more hopeful, but sci-fi has increasingly focused on the darker, edgier aspects.

Best-selling author Cory Doctorow has decided to go the other way, and it’s mainly the pandemic — and the impact on our lives — that influenced his decision.

Doctorow wrote about that in Slate in an essay titled "The Dangers of Cynical Sci-Fi Disaster Stories." 

The Show spoke with him about his shift and how current events influence his writing process.

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