Anil Menon on Indian SF
In a follow-up to the article posted yesterday, Anil Menon shares his own opinion in reply (this was a comment to our last post but deserves to be made a post in itself). Anil:
I’m sure the authors cited in the article are well-intentioned, and that many have labored heroically to further the field’s interests. But it does the nascent field a disservice, I think, to suggest that south-Asian SF stories should be addressed towards particular communities with mostly-imagined limitations. As S. Rangarajan’s stories illustrate, Indian SF doesn’t need to be full of moral vitamins, it doesn’t need to be either for or against any ethos, it doesn’t have to avoid hard science, and it certainly doesn’t need to define itself by what it is not. South-Asian SF is just SF written by south Asians, just as American SF is just SF written by American writers. A writer’s origins may lead to a characteristic set of obsessions, but that’s the stuff literary movements and patricides and young Turks are made of. As an old Linux hand, S. Rangarajan would surely echo the X-Windows design motto: "Mechanisms, not policy!"
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