Professor Jeffrey Tucker featured in Futurity article on science fiction's obsession with Mars
November 16, 2015
"A leading scholar of author Samuel R. Delany, whose science fiction and critical analysis have made him an influential figure in the genre, Tucker says he often reminds his students that seemingly speculative or imaginative stories are usually grounded in a larger context.
'When I teach science fiction, I quote Delany, who says, "Science fiction is not about the future; it uses the future as a narrative convention to present significant distortions of the present…. Science fiction is about the current world—the given world shared by writer and reader."'"