Mission Statement: A Refresher

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My goal with this blog is not just to read the 100 best and most classic science fiction stories of all time. It's also to understand the through-line of ideas in this genre and to follow the development of its writing style.

I'm endlessly curious about the history of ideas, and I love putting things in context and order so as to better understand them.

I remember while I was doing my undergrad degree in philosophy, it was sometimes hard for me to keep up with the ideas I was learning, not necessarily because I didn't understand the ideas themselves, but because I didn't always understand how they fit into the evolution of philosophical ideas. For some reason, I thought it was important to understand the order in which ideas happen.

And I still do.

I've learned a lot so far in this project. Once I've finished reading The Demolished Man and Fahrenheit 451, respectively books 19 and 20 on My List, I'll provide another ranking and summary of the stories and the ideas present therein.

I'm also going to try to pick up the pace, just a little bit, with my sci-fi reading. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to read each book so quickly, because then I won't be able to think through them properly, but I also don't want to take too much time between books because then I'm liable to forget important ideas and realizations.

I'm currently reading The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, which seems to be the precursor to stories like Minority Report. Stay tuned next week for my review!


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