We live in a terrifying world–one founded on violence, exploitation and oppression. If I’m going to write about the world we’re in, I’m going to end up writing horror. And SF, to be plausible, has to either engage with this fact or talk about how it could be overcome.
I don’t think writers should focus so much on being careful. I think writers should try to be very brave.
“It’s not so scary in the dark. Turns out I have friends there.”
“…you can only appreciate the light once you’ve experienced the darkness. I have worked with enough people to have no illusions about what kinds of darkness exist.”