Here's a item I found on the "Daily Campus', the newspaper of the University Of Connecticut, that I thought was interesting. Below are just a few paragraphs from the article...click on the article's title or on the post title above to go & read the full article.
As a lifelong science-fiction reader, I agree with the author of this piece. Science-fiction can open people's minds to the possibilities of advancements in science and technology undreamed of in the present, so why couldn't it also help open those minds to diverse lifestyles?
Having read science-fiction from an early age, I sometimes feel that's why I'm not surprised by much of what happens here on Earth. It's almost as though I've traveled throughout the universe, so by comparision, life on this little planet seems mundane at times. Pretty strange coming from someone who has lived his entire life (so far) in the same city and has had few experiences that most people take for granted.
Science Fiction Ideal Genre For Diverse Audience -Daily Campus
By Tara Maroney
Cecilia Tan, an author, editor and publisher, came to the Rainbow Center Wednesday to discuss speculative and science fiction as the ideal medium for queer expression.
She has written baseball nonfiction books, science fiction, and erotica novels. Her publishing company Circlet Press focuses on printing erotic science fiction. As part of the weekly Out to Lunch lecture series, Tan spoke of science fiction as a good means of expression for queer individuals.
The only way that human beings find themselves in a culture filled with sexual messages is to learn about oneself, Tan said. Literature has the ability to put people in a world that they are unfamiliar with. In the case of science fiction it can take people out of social norms to find themselves.