OT: New Bujold Story
argross at bigpond.net.au
Sat Mar 20 03:26:33 EST 2004
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> >Anita wrote
> > >The only bit of information I've kept on that thread says:
> > >
> > >> I have just learned that the library in a small town in Queensland
> > >> removed Ethan of Athos, Komarr, Cetaganda and Barrayar from its
> > >> shelves on the grounds that: "it was felt by some that they were
> > >> propaganda promoting an alternative lifestyle, and were otherwise
> > >> devoid of literary content."
> >Coo! No words at all apart from propaganda? (Well, how else can one
> >define "no literary content"?)
> >I wonder what in *Komarr* is so alternative, seeing as how it is very
> >about marriage and the need for loyalty within it. I can justabout see
> >that the male-only, homosexual world of Athos moght be called an
> >alternative lifestyle, and if it were not that it only occurs for about a
> >chapter and a half it might be something that was being promoted and
> >presented as ideal and wonderful, and so might seriously upset
> >bigots stupid enough to regard homosexual marriage as a threat to
> >themselves. (Yes, sorry, deborah, that's probably political and all, but
> >really do have to spit a few tin-tacks *sometimes*!)
> >Likewise, one can promote a lifestyle involving FTL travel or the
> >genetic perfecting of a particular type of "human" all one wants, but the
> >reader is most unlikely to be able to do anything about getting involved
> >such a lifestyle, since it doesn't at present exist and nor do the
> >conditions that would make it possible.
> >Maybe the propaganda is for the "what would happen if some set of
> >conditions other than the ones I live under obtained" mindset as being a
> >good thing! I suppose it's intolerable to encourage people to think
> >outside the ticky-tacky boxes.
> >Boggle gently.
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