- Science fiction är en illa sedd genre, något jag finner orättvist. Romaner är (utöver deras rena underhållningsfunktion) i första hand till för fördjupa vår förståelse för vad det innebär att vara människa. Det senare är inte helt fixt genom tiderna, utan beror av samhällets utformning, vilken i sin tur beror av teknikutvecklingen. Att en och annan författare inte nöjer sig med att behandla vad det är att vara människa idag eller i förfluten tid, utan tillåter sig att fördjupa sig i hypotetiska framtidsscenarier, anser jag vara mycket värdefullt.
- By now it's grown clear that George Lucas has an agenda, one that he takes very seriously. After four Star Wars films, alarm bells should have gone off, even among those who don't look for morals in movies. When the chief feature distinguishing "good" from "evil" is how pretty the characters are, it's a clue that maybe the whole saga deserves a second look.
Just what bill of goods are we being sold, between the frames?
Elites have an inherent right to arbitrary rule; common citizens needn't be consulted. They may only choose which elite to follow.
"Good" elites should act on their subjective whims, without evidence, argument or accountability.
Any amount of sin can be forgiven if you are important enough.
True leaders are born. It's genetic.
The right to rule is inherited. Justified human emotions can turn a good person evil.
That is just the beginning of a long list of moral lessons relentlessly pushed by Star Wars. Lessons that starkly differentiate this saga from others that seem superficially similar, like Star Trek. (s 48-49)
- Rand doesn't talk much about reader-character identification in The Art of Fiction - a distinct flaw in the book - but if she did, I'm sure [she] would admit and avow that giving her customers the opportunity to identify with hyper-alphas like John Galt goes a long way toward explaining the pleasure that so many derive from her novels, allowing even the timid, confused and ineffectual to imagine themselves wearing such shoes... if only a few bureauchratic impediments were taken out of the way. Elsewhere I talk about the macro-tradition this is part of, an unbermenchen or superman ethos that originated before Homer and continues thriving to this day, in comix and much of science fiction. It helps explain why Rand devotees make up a wing of libertarianism that is notably disinclined to compromise with the gammas, betas and mere alphas who comprise most of today's voting electorate! (s 144-145)