Dennis Quaid lover
- Dec 22, 2003
I like hard science-fiction. Prose, characters, worlds, politics (which Dune has) are requirements for great reading but without an actual science basis they're just fantasy and I may as well be reading Harry Potter. My opinion of which is the same as Carl Sagan's - it's a shame for mankind that we retreat into fantasy and magic rather than demanding more, intellectually, of our entertainment.That would suggest to me you like their world-building which if I'm honest was never a strength of classic sci-fi. It was all about ideas rather than good prose and well written character/worlds/politics. Ringworld for example is a terrible book and incredibly dated but full of amazing speculative science.
Books are software for the mind. In an ideal world they should introduce us to new concepts and tell us something about the world we live in as well as entertain us. There's absolutely space for pure fantasy - 100% - but if it's all you ever read ...