This week on the Badger Pod Nerd Cast … the Honey Badgers discuss the social justice invasion of science fiction and fantasy with special guest author John C. Wright.
The social justice invasion
The sci-fi/fantasy genre has always been an interesting place. It is a place where stories new and old weave tales that not only entertain but also teach us about ourselves as well as the world around us. It is a place of imagination where we can explore perspectives different from our own and view a portion of the universe in the eyes of another.
But just out of sight is a battle raging within the writing community. Long gone are the times when authors could be judged on their work alone. Now it’s about more than ability. It’s about politics and political correctness.
The realm of fantasy that once existed without boundaries is quickly shrinking. It is now being claimed by narrow-minded social justice types who feel there is no room for people of different opinions and viewpoints. But it wasn’t always this way.
Writers in the not-so-distant past could have their personal beliefs and still be recognized for their achievements in the writing community. It is especially troubling to think that writers like C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien might not be welcome among their ranks if they lived in this time. We might not even know the name H.P. Lovecraft or the work of Mark Twain.
In truth, it is we who will suffer. As consumers of fiction, we are losing the world’s next great writers to this world of ultra-PC thought police, acting as gatekeepers to the human imagination—telling us what we can or cannot read because of who wrote it.
The cult of political correctness shows no signs of stopping. It grows in the realm of science fiction and fantasy like a cancerous tumor—perhaps it’s not too late to find the cure.