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07 January 2016 @ 05:53 am
Kim Stanley Robinson is the 2016 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.” His latest novel, Aurora, is probably the most brilliant effort ever to kill the dream of escaping Earth once and for all. I have not seen a better exemplar of Santayana’s Warning since the organization that began as the National Organization of Nonparents changed to the National Organization for Optional Parenthood and then campaigned to outlaw childfree housing.
Young Geoffreyed_rex on January 7th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
One wonders: did they even read the novel?
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on January 8th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
Kinda like Larry Niven's 'Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation' was a brilliant effort at killing the dream of going back in time.

There are lots of reasons for the human exploration of space that have nothing to do with the dream of escaping Earth once and for all, and lots of people who believe in those reasons, but not in that dream.