Caring enough…

Rescued_LogoIf you have read this column long enough you will know that I am given to wandering about the landscape of any variety and manner of things that catch my interest. One of my most recent wanderings was back to the world of Science Fiction. As you might have gathered from last week’s column and its reference to Isaac Asimov’s “Robot Novels,” there was a time when I could have rightly been called a “fanboy” for all things science fiction. At one point in time my library was filled with the works of John W. Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, and others. If you are familiar with the genre, you might notice this is an “old school” list. As time went on, there was less science, fantasy and, things-magical dominated the market niche. The quality of writing seemed to wane with the passing of the greats. My reading interests moved on to other works and other sensibilities. Looking back on it all, I think another reason was that the characters began to resemble action figures more so than human beings. I began to not care about the people in the story. Continue reading