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Some Ricochet members have expressed interest in astronomy and others in games, so I thought y’all might be interested in this brief interview concerning the environmental art of the upcoming game Destiny. The story takes an old sci-fi trope about alien technology miraculously accelerating humanity’s capacity for space travel and planetary settlement. Bungie’s artists, hoping […]

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A scenario for a work of fiction. . .or for reality, if reality is up for it: A charismatic evangelist builds a vast, committed (some say, cultish) following in a non-Western country, perhaps in sub-Sahara Africa, or maybe in a China of the future. Seeking a heroic purpose for this mass of zeal, and noting […]

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So Rob has a buzzing thread on the main feed regarding the crazy names parents give their children, with Katniss and Khaleesi being prime examples.  I would never name my daughter either name, but not because I don’t want them to have such a strange name.  Rather, my objection is that neither of those two […]

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Ever neglected on my limitless “To Do” list, like those of so many others, is to write a novel. I’ve jotted down a thousand ideas, scenes, and conversations over the years. But I never actually get around to the skin and bones. At least my pride is no longer so loud that I feel it […]

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Would You Read Conservative Fiction?

 

NR Cover 2014.07.07National Review’s current cover story makes for an interesting companion to our discussion last week about what makes for great fiction. In it, book publisher Adam Bellow suggests that conservatives open a new front in the culture war: prose fiction.

To hear some conservatives talk you’d think movies were the Holy Grail, the golden passkey to the collective unconscious. This gets things precisely backwards…

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis both produced big-budget movies that reached millions of people with what most of us would probably agree is a subtly conservative message. Yet both of these successful movie franchises ultimately pale in comparison with the impact of the books. Even at their best, movies are essentially cartoons and their effects are superficial and fleeting. Books engage the reader much more deeply, at a level of identification with the characters and plot that can instruct the soul and edify the mind. A hundred years from now, moreover, these classic books will still be read all over the world in dozens of languages when the films on which they are based are long forgotten or superseded by new forms of entertainment.