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For Nicki, Eleanor, James and Ronnie
“In serious fiction, where the writer feels he’s accomplishing something besides simply amusing people - although there’s nothing wrong with simply amusing people - the writer is holding up a mirror to the human species, making it possible for you to understand people better because you’ve read the novel or story, and maybe making it possible for you to understand yourself better. That’s an important thing.
Now science fiction uses a different method. It works up an artificial society, one which doesn’t exist, or one that may possibly exist in the future, but not necessarily. And it portrays events against the background of this society in the hope that you will be able to see yourself in relation to the present society… That’s why I write science fiction - because it’s a way of writing fiction in a style that enables me to make points I can’t make otherwise.”