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Old August 15 2013, 07:41 PM   #71
Hober Mallow
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Re: Plot for a new Star Trek Series

Belz... wrote: View Post
It seems to me there are two types of fans these days. Fans who simply want escapist fantasy, and those who want, what Isaac Asimov called, "escape into reality."
I'm not sure what the hell Asimov meant, there.
It was his response to critics who called science fiction "escapist." He was contrasting it with fantasy. Fantasy is an escape into a world that never existed. Science fiction is a way of delving deeper into reality by using a fantastic setting, delving deeper into our lives than we could ever go otherwise.

Watch documentaries and interact with your fellow men and women, then. Fiction isn't going to tell you much about reality.
Quite the contrary. Fiction is and always has been a greater revealer of truth than the literal. Myths are what built every civilization that's ever existed, including ours.

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures." Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie." Stephen King.

It doesn't have to be deep. It doesn't have to teach anything. It doesn't have to have a moral (God, please, no morals!). It just needs to be about us, and the possibilities and potentials of real human beings, not simply a geek's wet dream. And, of course, as you yourself said, it needs to be entertaining.
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