>Too often books and authors I liked have attitudes towards the women that make me cringe
Yeah. Women are basically invisible in the first 1/2 of the Foundation novels, except for some hilarious references to housewives with nuclear powered freezers & suchlike, LOL. With the appearance of Bayta and Arkady Darrel in the 2nd and 3rd novels, he completely rights the imbalance!
As for the nuclear powered gadgets, it points up how some of this classic SF is hilariouly 'retro' and "cute' with its 1950's ideas.
Funny, I'd never have thought of "science fiction" as nostalgia, but there it is!
I have often thought that SF was a dying genre... it is a genre of ideas, but today there is a sense that "everything has been done" (at least, when I go to Writer's Workshop, you can't submit a story without being told 'it's been done by this & this author"). Plus there is a cynical disillusionment with "science" as a cure for everything. A lot of SF stories are more 'cautionary' and depressing.
I think the discoveries of Exo-planets is such a fruitful field for writing...but I just think editors don't want to invest in SF anymore.
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