This past Tuesday, I attended one of the monthly gatherings held by The New Yorker called The Big Story. This one featured three science fiction writers (Jennifer Egan, Ben Marcus, and Gary Shteyngart) in a discussion titled The Far Side in lieu of the recent New Yorker Science Fiction Issue. I am tinkering with my own SciFi screen play so I figured it’d be interesting to hear from actual writers (turns out some people consider the abbreviation SciFi somewhat demeaning). Some of the points touched upon were: the meaning of the term Science Fiction, the utility of genre characterization, whether all Science Fiction is necessarily a critique or a satire, and the intentions of the writers in their own works and the seeming discrepancy some of the people in the audience had in their personal interpretations of those works. I think that is the part that was most curious to me since it highlights the ways in which we assign meaning to text and language through our own subjective experiences.
Anyway, can I brag? I keep my window open all day and all night and I have not had one mosquito fly in. Ok, may be there was just one, but it was only an astronomically huge and conspicuous male whom I swiftly obliterated with a Birkenstock. Science.At.Work.