he told this blogger two years ago by email he likes it, but considers it a subgenre of SF. But in a recent Twitter back and forth debut novelist Charlie Jane Anders now says KSR recently said in public forum he had a really good explantion why he doesn't use that term.
RE: Some SF novelists and SF literary critics are still afraid to use 'cli-fi' term for their
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And another great idea comes out of this recent book by Thomas Piketty, Capitalism In The 21st Century. If you have progressive taxes that's great, we should have progressive taxes. But if the taxes were not just on income but on capital assets, if there was a progressive tax on capital assets -- this is the scary idea out of Piketty’s book that scared Wall Street, that scared the economists, that scared capitalism in general and the right wing. If there was a progressive tax on capital assets wealth would tend to flow back towards to everybody that made it. And it would not tend to accumulate in a pyramid at the top in the 1%. It’s simply the more capital assets somebody has, the more they get taxed and eventually they get equalized. Anybody making more than $100,000 a year is actually going into unhappy land rather than happy land according to scientific studies, so nobody needs to complain about this. It's a perfect plan, it’s something we can all do. It’s a political program right? And it’s now within the window of acceptable discourse. If I said this 10 years ago you would say, oh my god these hippie science-fiction writers, you know, they’re just so crazy and it is true, but now it's within the window of acceptable discourse. I can say it in this library, I can see it on TV, Piketty can say it and become a bestseller and speak all around the country about it. That's the big shift since 2008 and Picketty’s just one part of it. But he's done an astonishing thing to mean that we can discuss these issues without sounding crazy but actually sound rational.
So - and we only have 6 months’ worth of stored food for the population of the world right now, so one food crisis and everybody will be that much more nervous about everything.
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