Who Put This Message In My Fiction?
That was the title of a panel at Lunacon 2016, the New York science fiction convention I attended this past weekend. The other panelists and I discussed the merits of stories that have a message. Science fiction is the literature of ideas, but nobody likes their fiction to preach at them. So are stories improved when their authors have a message to get across, or harmed? I found the question to be a thought-provoking one, so I wrote about it on Novelocity.