Friday, April 6, 2012

Why Pinoy Sci Fi?

There's a very real need for Pinoy Science Fiction, to tell us where we're headed and to dream where we might go. Science Fiction was born out of the need to understand the effects of new technologies and new scientific discoveries on society. It's no coincidence that the earliest writers in the genre --Shelley, Verne, Wells, and others-- wrote during periods of great scientific advancement and rapid social change. The Philippines, as a third-world country, is somewhat at a disadvantage because it does not have a major say in the development of new technologies; we are simply left to receive them and make sense of them howsoever we may. We may not own the means of production, but we should at least be able to imagine what's possible. And then, just maybe, we can reach for the impossible.

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