Philosophical Rambling: Escapism

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at
Tue Aug 1 06:50:50 EDT 2000

That was really great, Paul.  Thanks for forwarding it.  If you ever
remember where you found it, could you let us know?


>I suddenly remembered just now that I once read an introduction to an
>sf anthology (can't remember who wrote it, sorry), which had the
>following to say about sf and fantasy stories as escapism:
>Many people in their youth use sf and fantasy as a kind of wall
>between themselves and the hard reality of the world. All of these
>people, sooner or later, realise that this notional wall is full of
>holes large enough for the world to fit through. Most of them give up
>at this point, leave the wall behind, and become normal people. A
>small proportion, however, start building their own additions to the
>wall, and become writers.
>"Hold fast to the one noble thing."
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