I always heard itThose who can, might
Those who can't, teach
While those who can't teach, administrate.
Everybody criticises - themselves and everybody else.
I don't think the world is ever likely to be static, just not different in an interesting way.Well, the universe in my WiP, of course! It is sure to come true. Of course, you have to wait until I actually finish the WiP to discover what our future holds...
Ok, absurdity aside, it seems to me that many works are either too optimistic or too pessimistic to be fully taken seriously. I find persuasive the ones which begin with the assumption that there is nothing new under the sun, but different applications and advanced ways to do the same things, create the same conflicts, and bleed the same red on different battlefields. Humans don't change; only our context changes. What makes us think that we are so different from those who came before us, or those who will come after?
Either that, or we will all get Gundams. It is a coin toss...
I will grant that. To be SF, at least in my mind, the futuristic aspects must be more than background. They must be integral to the story. However, this does not mean the same conflicts don't arise in different ways.I don't think the world is ever likely to be static, just not different in an interesting way.
Stories have drama. A future romance that only has laser toothbrushes isn't SF.
Why did the society in your WIP greenlight slavery?I will grant that. To be SF, at least in my mind, the futuristic aspects must be more than background. They must be integral to the story. However, this does not mean the same conflicts don't arise in different ways.
As much as I hate to do this, I will use an example from my WiP, as my sleep deprived mind can only seem to pull it up at the moment. One of the major internal conflicts in one of the factions is the issue of cloning. They use a set (about 150 at least count) of custom, artificial genomes extensively, controlling their genetic dispositions and experiences tightly in order to fill the ranks of their military with capable and reliable individuals. They have free will, but the two viable candidates for how individuals make choices (nature and nurture) are tightly controlled. Also, the clones are considered property of the military, which has purchasing contracts with the "nurseries" for a steady supply. The question arises, though, of if these clones should be allowed to vote. On one hand, it seems discriminatory to ban someone from voting based on the circumstances of their birth. But, if the basis of a person's decisions are tightly controlled, does that mean that one could, hypothetically, control what decision that person is likely to make? Say, who they will vote for? So, the other side of the argument is that, with enough money, one could buy an election by buying enough clones who will vote for him or her.
This, of course, has massive throwbacks to the American civil rights battle. The tension I described above is exactly the tension which was felt over allowing slaves to vote. "Could not their masters simply order them to vote how the master wanted?" "But they are people too!" Different players, different context, same issue, because it is the same humanity which does horrific things to people, putting them into impossible situations.
That is why I say nothing changes. Plenty changes regarding context, the ones who create those contexts, and those who suffer because of them. But the issue behind the context is always constant.
Hopefully, something in there made something resembling sense. The caffeine is wearing off...
Desperation. They were at war with another faction, were adamantly against the draft, but had too many planets to protect with too few volunteer military. Doing it this way, they quintupled their fighting force in the span of 15 years, retook the territory they lost, and are pushing back the antagonistic faction. On the backs of a slave-warrior caste who are bred and raised for war, and are legally merchandise. All in the name of preserving "freedom", at least for the "Naturals". Because ultimately, that is the sort of thing people who are equally afraid of their destruction and the implosion of their societal values do to those they have power over, rather than shoulder the responsibility for themselves.Why did the society in your WIP greenlight slavery?