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LF: Realism tends to occupy a higher place in the hierarchy of literature than science fiction.

WI: Absolutely. Especially among folks who are radical, progressive, left. I've met many people who are very proud that they only read nonfiction, and I feel very sad for them, because we have to be able to imagine something else. In science fiction, we don't have to stay contained within what is possible. We can start with the question "What do we want?" rather than the question "What is realistic?"

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