Written Speculative Fiction in all its forms.
Looking for books that explore the societal effects of a single radical new technology in an otherwise stable society. I'm thinking of Halperin's The Truth Machine and The First Immortal, Chiang's "Liking What You See" story, and some of Heinlein's Future History stories dealing with teleportation as examples.
Not looking for alien technology dumps that turn everything upside-down, though those are fun, too.
I recently read Jurassic Park the novel for the first time, and what surprised me most was how much I disliked Ian Malcolm. There are several parts of the book where he is just monologuing for paragraphs while the other characters politely sit there and listen for some reason. I don't have a problem with a story having a message and a moral and I get he is supposed to be the voice of reason but I just found it obnoxious, and kind of weird he has time to do this considering there are raptors outside trying to eat them?
I had this same problem when I read the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, one of the reasons I didn't enjoy it was the numerous "smart guy who has all the answers patronizingly lectures another guy" scenes. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is infamous for Howard Roark's long winded speech, and I know Ayn Rand is not considered a good author but I've only heard good things about Jurassic Park and Isaac Asimov.
I haven't read too many sci-fi novels, just classics like H. G. Wells when I was a kid and these two in more recent memory. Is this just an accepted trope or was I just unlucky with my last two choices? What should I be reading if I want to avoid these types of characters?
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