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Looking at Technology in Fiction through a Different Lens

It’s always interesting to look at the ways in which technology in fiction impacts the stories we tell. This 1986 essay by Ursula K. LeGuin posits the idea that bags, or storage containers in general, are a more significant part of technological advances than most people think, and that by focusing fiction in that direction, we change the stories we tell from stories about heroes to stories about people.

I very much like the idea of stories that focus more on people than heroes, despite writing superhero fiction. At the end of the day, the person can still be a hero, but when they are a person first, their story is much more relatable.


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