I’m interested in science fiction, on the whole. Speculation about worlds that could be is fun, and it stimulates imagination about the way we could begin to live right now.
Of course, not all science fiction is worthy of attention. Much of it is unnecessarily violent. Some of it is cheesy. Some science fiction seeks to confirm and extend the worst aspects of our own culture, rather than inspiring us to do better.
This November, a science fiction movie called Ender’s Game will be released in cinemas. I won’t be going to watch it, though.
An organization named Geeks Out has identifies the author of the Ender’s Game story as Orson Scott Card. Card is a member of the board of the ironically named National Organization For Marriage, a right wing group that seeks to stop loving couples from getting married by denying same-sex couples equality under the law as promised by the Constitution.
I don’t want to encourage movie studios to release films made by anti-equality zealots, but I have a more selfish motivation for boycotting Ender’s Game.
Orson Scott Card wrote, “Those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens in that society.” Card also wrote, “Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”
These aren’t just ugly thoughts. They’re also poorly written, and reflect a mind incapable of summoning coherent thought. I find it difficult to believe that a man who would write such things would be capable of creating a story worthy of my time or money.
A revolution by a populace intent on bringing down a government just because that government allows people to get married?!? Whatever kind of idiot would think that up, I don’t want to read his books or watch his movies.