Writing Fiction in a Time of Genuine Crisis, by Patrick S. Tomlinson
Some intelligent thoughts on the power of writing, telling stories and the capacity to fight back and resist being silenced.
A funny thing happened to me one year ago today. A random tweet throwing shade at the typical right-wing response to police brutality put me in touch with an editor for The Hill. Today is the anniversary of adding paid political commentator for a national platform to my other job titles of sci-fi author and stand-up comic. Many, many articles have followed, and I’ve added bylines in other venues such as The New York Times.
Which has given me a unique perspective on how to keep writing about spaceships and ray guns while Rome seemingly burns around us.
First of all, Don’t Panic. We are facing a crisis of a kind our nation has not seen since 1861 at the dawn of the Civil War, but no one person is doing all the work. If the Women’s March taught us anything, it’s that the resistance is massive, unprecedented, organized, and…
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