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We're remembering science fiction legend Gene Wolfe, who died April 14, with this Q&A from 2014. We picked out one of our favorite excerpts, on why science fiction matters. 

(1/2) "I think it matters a lot, because it’s mind-opening. That’s its great virtue. Ordinary fantasy opens minds, but not nearly as much. The Oz books [1900–1920] may open someone’s mind a little bit. Alice in Wonderland [1865] is kind of mind-opening.

But a lot of science fiction is much more so. For instance, I could write a story in which a man has a conversation with his gun. I might do that sometime. Prince Valiant had his singing sword, and I always thought they could have done more with that than they did" — Gene Wolfe

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