Gwyneth Jones, “the most acclaimed British female science-fiction writer since Ursula le Guin,” talks about “politics, pop, and paganism” with Barry Forshaw at the Independent today. She says:
The best SF writers – in my view – are often political writers. But there’s no obligation to be optimistic, although writers like H G Wells clearly believed that the future held tremendous possibilities for the human race while later writers such as Philip K Dick have taken a more jaundiced view. And Bold As Love, which was written in the 1990s, articulated a vision that I had been moving towards.