Post by Christian Weisgerber Post by email@example.com
Is it possible to solve our problems without violence? Is it
possible to get entertained without violence? Most of the SF I
have read, includes violence. In fact I can't think of a SF novel
that doesn't include violence.
James P. Hogan's _Inherit the Stars_ is a very suspenseful novel
about a scientific mystery--what's the 50,000-year old body of an
astronaut doing on the moon?--that does not feature violence in its
main plot. It does have historical violence off-stage, though.
I don't recall, did anybody resort to violence in John W. Campbell's
survival tale _The Moon Is Hell_?
... We know it is Bender now [who's stealing the food].
... Bender is raving; he threw us off when he regained
consciousness. It seems he intended to come in before he
became unconscious, and re-capture the food. Bender must
be eliminated. We are not safe.
Bender has been executed.
Time travel tales might be a good source of non-violent SF. Are:
_The Door Into Summer_ (RAH), _The Devil in Crystal_ (Marlow), _Replay_
(Grimwood), _The Man Who Folded Himself_ (Gerrold), and _Bid Time Return_
(Matheson) sufficiently non-violent?
How about _A Scanner Darkly_ (PKD) and _Thrice Upon a Time_ (Hogan)?
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