Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism

Ursula Le Guin, author of one of the pillars of modern fantasy, the Earthsea Trilogy, and some fantastic science fiction, including “The Lathe of Heaven”, speaks out against greed in the publishing industry:

I believe the brick and mortar publishing industry as it exists today is dead. With self publishing and print on demand, anyone can reach a vast audience through Amazon and other web sites. The Internet is causing the same sea change in music (Napster, itunes, youtube), news (slashdot, msnbc, youtube), television (youtube, Netflix), and retail (ebay, Amazon, craigslist).

I expect that the publishers who survive will do so by finding the best writers and helping them promote their works to a wider audience. Those publishers who only want to publish the big names in paper will gradually lose relevance as more people move to buying from Amazon. While I like to visit the bookstore to actually look at graphic novels, I can actually get a better idea whether I want to buy a book from a website, where I can have free access to the first chapter.

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I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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2 Responses to Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism

  1. dariopecarov says:

    I somehow can’t see a way of getting rid of the current type of authority, in order to come with new ideas and also to put them in practice. The machinery is so profitable for some, they would make anything to keep things as they are. We need a complete change of our minds and scale of value. And that requires a cataclysmic event of some sort to shake the human civilization as we know it.

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