I was going to post this in the Whatcha Readin’? thread but given the number of SF fans on BB, I didn’t want to risk this discussion taking over that thread.
I don’t read much (really any) fiction, let alone sci-fi. Still, so many people are into it that I keep wondering: am I missing out? I don’t mean the stuff that’s obsessed with the artifices of the genre like tech and interstellar travel and aliens but rather SF writing that, despite being set in the future (near or far), cuts to the bone of the present and what it means to be human.
I don’t take any pride in being almost exclusively a non-fiction reader. I’d like to expand my mind a bit and look at the world through the lens of insightful imagination. But I admit I have some constraints in my search.
The reason I love non-fiction is that any narrative is necessarily driven by the people in them. There is no plot, just the consequences of a culmination of conflicting intents, wills, motivations, and ideals.
I have read fiction (mostly short stories) written in this way and loved every page of it. I know there must be some sci-fi out there that embraces this degree of realism but I don’t know how to find it.
Shed some light, BBers.