Comments: The opposite ends of the Campbell Award ballot in 1987 are interesting because of their contrasts. Joan Slonczewski's novel A Door Into Ocean is a story featuring feminism, ecological awareness, and pacifism that suggests that the moral response to aggression is nonviolent resistance. Orson Scott Card's novel Speaker for the Dead is a murder mystery that suggests that the moral response to the inequities caused by a paternalistic religious society is to make the society even more paternalistic and even more religious. Slonczwski's novel won the award in 1987, but it seems like Card's vision has seeped into modern politics and taken root.
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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