Thursday, December 15, 2011
His Robot Girlfriend -- Politics
People accuse me of having all kinds of hidden agendas in the robot books, both political and otherwise. Some have suggested that I'm a radical environmentalist because of the prominance of the Green Party in the story. I do care about the environment, but the reason that the Green Party plays a part is that I thought it would be more fun to have three parties vying for the presidency than two.
Others have said the story is a thinly veiled treatis on same-sex marriage. There is a reference to the fact that same-sex marriage is more common in the future of the story. That is not an endorsement by me. I don't have really strong feelings about it one way or the other. I do think the institution of marriage is being damaged less by same sex couples than by people (either gay or straight) who practice serial monogamy-- getting married and divorced over and over again. I've been married to the same woman for 26 years.
One area that few people get is the parallel of Apple Computers. I tried to parody and reference Apple in a number of ways. I find Apple and Apple fandom both interesting and humorous. On the other hand, though I wasn't part of it when I wrote the books, I wouldn't give up either my iPad or my iPhone 4S for anything now.