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Tolkien wrote a wonderful essay called "On Fairy Stories" in which he essentially rejected the notion of suspension of disbelief as an explanation of what is going on when a reader reads any kind of fantasy (and science fiction is a branch of fantasy). Tolkien argued that a story is an act of sub-creation (under God's creation). The author creates a world ...


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I think one thing you are missing in all of this is that at the time they were written these books were the latest science. Let me give you an example of a few things I have seen in my own lifetime (I am 60): We went from wondering if we might find life on Mars to being assured there was no life on Mars to having the discovery of past life on Mars ...


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In my experience, language that conveys higher social-economic status generally has a wider vocabulary, uses more complex or rare words (and more foreign words), is (at least superficially) more polite, and is more indirect and euphemistic. It tends to be abstract and emotionally removed, and can be poetic in a clever or intellectual way. It's basically an ...



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