For this first blog post of 2020, I’d like to share a quote from one of the greatest authors of all time. As you know, lots of people take a pretty dim view of fantasy and science fiction, and they take an even dimmer view of those of us who enjoy those genres. J.R.R. Tolkien had the perfect response for those people:
Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?J.R.R. Tolkien
Of course Tolkien found his escape in a world of Hobbits and magical rings. Me? I find my escape in outer space. Here on Earth, we humans have created a world of money and politics, of materialism and egotism and self-centered posturing, of winning and losing and grinding each other into the dust.
Okay, maybe it’s not all bad. There are pleasant things about this world we humans have made for ourselves too. But still, can you really blame me if, from time to time, I choose to think about or talk about or write about what it would be like to get the heck off this planet?
I know some people will still judge me for my love of science fiction and my obsession with space exploration. They’ll call me foolish or childish. That’s fine. People can say what they like. I intend to keep dreaming and keep wondering and keep exploring the universe in my own semi-imaginative way.
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Next time on Planet Pailly: why can’t scientists agree on what the word metal means?