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Topic: Contemporary realities and SF

From: arvind mishra
Location: Varanasi,India
Date: 05/31/2007

Hello Greg,
Trust you are fine.These days some spirited Indian sf writers are debating whether contemporary realities/scenes/situations should be depicted in sf stories or not?Or only projected/imagined future events should find place in sf?
Kindly enlighten your Indian fraternity on the issue and oblige.I must remind you of our invitation of visiting India and meet our small but beautiful group of Indian sf writers.
Regards,
arvind mishra

Re: Contemporary realities and SF

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/31/2007

My answer is brief--I do this sort of thing much of the time, and so have many others--from Asimov and Heinlein to Michael Crichton--so I think the merger of sf with contemporary issues is a natural. Of course, we always like to get away from home and explore the far stretches of the imagination. A healthy balance!

And please tell us more about your writer's group!

Re: Contemporary realities and SF

From: arvind mishra
Location: Varanasi,India
Date: 06/01/2007

Thanks a lot for prompt reply which definitely played a decisive role in concluding our debate on the issue in question ie relevance of raising contemporary matters in SF.
Ours is a Yahoo group of 35 scifi writers belonging to different parts and languages from India.It could be accessed at indiansciencefiction@yahoogroups.co.in.More details shall be given by its young member Swapnil,who is also very eager to contact you.
regards,
arvind

Re: Contemporary realities and SF

From: Swapnil Bhartiya
Location: Delhi, India
Date: 06/02/2007

Dear Greg,

The journalist and SF writer is back! I have been an advocate of embedding contemporary issues in SF literatutre, and I posted my views on the Indian science fiction writers group, and there were brilliant inputs in favour as well as againts, finally Dr Arvind Misha approached you to get a final view. I am glad to see you gave us great direction.

Let me introduce our group. As you are aware India is a diverse nation and there different languages spoken and written in different region -- they are different to that extent that they are latin to each other :-)

We have created a common platform where representatives/ experts from different languages gather here and thrash issues pertaining to Indian SF. Indian SF is highly driven by mythology, but the new breed of writers is feeling suffocated in that environment so it is trying to break free. This double edge sword makes the discussions on the group more heated and educating.

There are some national award winner writers/scientists/ acedemicians on the group. I would request you to have a look at our discussions. Please click on the link below.

http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/indiansciencefiction/messages

Regards

Swapnil Bhartiya
Assistant Editor
EFYTimes

Re: Contemporary realities and SF

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/05/2007

Thanks! Sounds like a great group.

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