Speaking Point: Everyone Yearns For The Freedom of Youth.
Around the age of 18, we start falling asleep, and we know it. The last blasts of summer happen because we know our freedom is about to disappear. Which is an odd realization because we suddenly can do whatever we want: Move out, make money, go to college, but whatever you call it, it the last step in our conditioning. We are now fully programmed to respond to threats and rewards. For the rest of our lives.
Speaking Point: We Realize We Have Been Going Down The Wrong Road.
But if we are very lucky, we get a slap in the face and WAKE UP. The threat of not having enough money in your 401k and the reward for saving turned out to be a false wisdom. The students I teach at NYU do not expect to get rich, to have only one job, or to work their way up any ladder. They plan on working a lot, doing a lot of things, and living life purposefully. The economic disaster hit just in time to save them from the final stage of conditioning.
Speaking Point: We Want More a More Delightful World.
Science fiction takes us out of the here and now and says, ok here's another world where the rules are different. Forget about all those limitations of the past. I'm not talking about apocalyptic science fiction that portrays a bleak future. There's little demand for that. I'm talking about a world you would want to live in.
Speaking Point: Teen science fiction combines a potent mix of escape and rebirth. And there's going to be a huge need for that for the next decade.