What is it?
It's simply the principles or doctrines of a "libertarian".
now what is a Libertarian? A person who advocates liberty, especially
in thought and conduct. In other words a free will thinker.
genre is widely used in science and fantasy fiction because it's
believed that self-described libertarian readers seemed to be drawn
to science and fantasy fiction more than any other genre of fiction.
This genre has the tendency to attract an above average educated
reader. And, in most cases they are likely to be influential and
and science fiction are often disputed and open
the door to controversy in their subject matters. For years many
have attempted to defined science fiction. In most cases its definition
is a story set in a time or place extremely different from one's
present day world of reality or from historical times.
fully understand why there is the presence of libertarianism in
these genres, one should read the works of Robert Anson Heinlein.
He began as a science fiction writer for magazines.
Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke are the three most noted science
first novel For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (1939). His
novel Starship Troopers (1959) was made into a movie in 1997.
famous works are the Foundation Trilogy Series: Foundation,
(1951), Foundation and Empire (1952) and Second Foundation
Clarke a British
science fiction novelist is renowned for his 2001: A Space Odyssey
Over the last
decade, J.R.R. Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings and
J. K. Rowling's series of Harry
Potter books present very strong libertarian elements.
science fiction is considered libertarian? Answer, it allows authors
to explore ideologies that differ radically from the real world.
Another connection between science fiction and libertarianism is
its technological optimism. Most people believe that modern technologes
(gadgets) tend to improve their every life. Science fiction is full
of genetic engineering, cloning and robotics. This creates a natural
attraction to libertarianism.
or will it play a more critical role in other fiction genres? Not
so far. There are very few genres that have replicated it success.
Even though the most popular genre is mystery and crime it raises
the question why is there so little of libertarian present?
it possible that libertarianism is full of radical ideas and future
technologies that support its popularity in science fiction? There
is a chance that someday a novelist will break the prevalence of
libertarianism in science fiction.
Now, go softly into the night. mgf
Behind the Fiction