Glen David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo,Locus,Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film and starred Kevin Costner in 1997. Brin's nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association and the McGannon Communication Award... (wikipedia)
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.
There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?
Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.
Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.
But it is a delightful challenge to try to depict interesting aliens.
Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy.