Fiction, from Sushil Kedia

December 12, 2009 |

The genre of "spy fiction, "sometimes called "spy thriller" or sometimes shortened simply to spy-fi, arose before World War I at about the same time that the first modern intelligence agencies were formed. The genre is closely related to political thrillers and military fiction. The point is fiction is a mirror of the society; often leading indicator. Jules Verne's very far fetched Around the world in Eighty Days is by now timid.

What fashions (no, I didn't use the word trend) in fiction currently may be a good pointer to what is likely happening to the world that is otherwise not getting reported in the newspapers? Well, if most of the newspapers are fictional one might resort to the isolation of pointers from fiction itself. Books are a topic hot on this site. I am hopeful we will indulge in this tangential thought if not a fictional one.


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