Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Nornagest comments on Applause Lights - Less Wrong

91 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 September 2007 06:31PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (83)

Sort By: Old

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: Nornagest 23 May 2012 07:23:17AM 1 point [-]

Part of me thinks that that's encoded into the metaphorical DNA of the SF genre (or one branch of it) at a very basic level. It's been conventional for a while to think of SF as Enlightenment and the rest of spec-fic as Romantic, but the history of the genre's actually more complicated than that; Mary Shelley, for example, definitely fell on the Romantic side of the fence, and later writers haven't exactly been shy about following her lead. The treading-in-God's-domain motif is a powerful one, and it's the bedrock that an awful lot of SF is built on.

Comment author: taelor 23 May 2012 10:54:28AM 0 points [-]