I’ve had it up to my frontal lobe with this bullshit. It is 20 god damn 17, we should not be afraid of knowledge and learning anymore. We should not see a person in pursuit of understanding as an automatic enemy. What is wrong with all of you writers out there? Seriously, what is your problem?
I understand the distrust of the new that old people have, and I get that change is uncomfortable and makes you wring your hands and shift your feet like a child being told they have to do a chore they don’t like. But get over it. I am sick of your petulant fears showing up in all my fiction. Because I for one admire those on the frontier of knowledge. I look up to those explorers making the discoveries that save lives and make living easier. And I am so sick of them being the villain in every single popular story I read that I am ready to toss the book in the trash when I encounter it.
Even in the story of a zombie apocalypse(yes, the Girl with all the Gifts again), the lone scientists trying to find a cure is still somehow portrayed as a villain. She’s cold, heartless, (read: driven, determined) and we are supposed to instead feel for the murderous zombies she’s cutting up.
Can I please have a story where the person seeking knowledge and understanding is the hero, and the Luddite simpletons wishing for the status quo are the villains trying to impede her? Please? Can I please cheer for the hero of the story instead of the villain? Is that so much to ask?
This must be another reason I only read sci fi.