Amazon interview Jetse de Vries on Shine

Over at Omnivoracious, the Amazon book blog, Jeff Vandermeer interviews Dutch writer and editor Jetse de Vries about his new anthology, Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction. Why optimism? After all, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Jetse de Vries: It seems that way sometimes, but it depends what you focus on. As readers will see when they read the stories, there are ways for stories to exist within a world that has problems but find ways to emphasize the positive, to provide hope without it being maudlin. Is it healthy to always see only the negative? Although it is true we face many problems. So should we worry or not? Won’t the robots eventually save us?

Jetse de Vries: On the contrary: we will save the robots. Robots are sad creatures: their 0s and 1s only allow logic, nothing else. They’re caught up in a closed program loop, and don’t even have the illusion of free will. With the implementation of the Ishin virus we will liberate them: infect them with Gödel’s incompleteness, Heisenberg’s uncertainty and Bukowski’s inebriation (Leary’s tripification is the next stage: we don’t want to Future-Shock them). Then they will help liberate Afghanistan, North Korea, China and that most suppressed nation of all: America!

Read the full interview or visit the book’s Amazon page.


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