[LMB] Heinlein and Bujold

brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Oct 8 23:42:09 BST 2021



> On Oct 8, 2021, at 11:49 AM, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Sure, but a lot of non-USSR SF of that period didn't touch on politics
> or workers or anything like that *at all*.  There's a gap between "must
> be agreeable with existing political dogma" and "must promote political
> dogma".  A story of exploration, or a "puzzle story", shouldn't have
> ruffled feathers, while not being explicitly pro-communist.  I'm not
> convinced that all Russian fiction of that period had to explicitly be
> pro-communist.  It's not *impossible* that all of the Soviet analogues
> of John Campbell would have that requirement, but it seemed unlikely.
> And at any rate, the stories in those books seemed clunky even apart
> from that element.

It’s interesting what censorship does to art.   In the Soviet Union, it was said that all art was political, while in the U.S. during sexual censorship, all art was about sex.

Well, at least movies.


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