On Death of the Author

I think that while you may delete the author from a work as far as his intentions, you can not delete the author’s circumstances

This is especially true in science fiction. All good science fiction are stories written about the time they were written in, set in another time as a metaphor. Look at two major works of science fiction: Starship Troopers and the Forever War. You may want to delete Heinlein and Haldeman from those works, but you can’t delete World War II and the Vietnam War from them. Maybe you can delete Orwell from 1984, but you can’t delete the Soviet Union from it.

And to a large extent, the situation of the author at the time of writing, their state of mind, is very important to the story.

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