June 12, 2003

Back from a great conference in New York to read an interview with one of my favourite science fiction writers, Michael Swanwick. A quote: "The scientists I know would be very uncomfortable at the thought of themselves or their beer-swilling buddies being heroic. I think admirable is a better word here ... As for the scientific worldview, people have the notion that science is a cold and dispassionate endeavor when, as it's practiced, it's anything but. Scientists often start from an intuition or an emotional preference and work outward from there." Please be aware of an annoyance with the Science Fiction Weekly site: the link isn't static, it always links to the current week's feature interview. There is a side bar menu of previous interviews which will eventually be the place to find the link to the Swanwick interview.

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