The trouble with Star Trek

Science fiction writer Charles Stross ruined his Merchant Princes series for me with its explicit anti-Bush politics, but I agree with him about Star Trek. I liked it when it was new in the 60s, even retained some interest in it in the 80s. Now I see it’s as bad as the old Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tales of Mars.

That’s because, as CS says, ST merely pastes the sci and tech on top of its storyline, whereas good scifi builds the storyline out of plausible sci and tech which informs the story’s world. Now if he’d just forgone using his fiction for his personal political propaganda, I’d still be looking forward to his books.

Via Instapundit.

0 responses to “The trouble with Star Trek

  1. “Now if he’d just forgone using his fiction for his personal political propaganda…”
    Perish the thought. Never to happen. Once a person gets into it, it’s a lost case.

  2. I know they all plump their opinions, political or otherwise, how could they not? But Stross left no doubt as to who he was referring to. All he needed to do was tweak it a little to preserve the fiction and it wouldn’t bother me. Apparently he didn’t want his liberal friends to be in any doubt about whose side he was on. Which is pretty dumb for someone trying to sell a product to the most people possible.