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There’s been a lot of fuss in the UK these past few days over a BBC documentary presented by Sir Terry Pratchett on the topic of assisted suicide, a subject that is an immediate and personal one for Sir Terry. A lot of the public criticism suggested the documentary was too biased, many other people have expressed their support for the BBC and Sir Terry’s programme.
As a reader, I am not interested in stories that are thinly veiled attempts to tell me to think a certain way, even if I support that point of view. As a publisher, I’m not interested in publishing such stories either. Greyhart Press is not focussed only on stories about ‘issues’ and social commentary. I do, however, try to find and publish a few stories that make you think, as well those that are there to thrill you. Ferryman is one such story and one of its themes is assisted suicide. Ferryman mines one of the great strengths of science fiction: that by setting it in a possible future, it can hold a mirror to observe the world today. In our fictional future we can chose to be free of contemporary political parties, organisations, or even nations. It’s neutral ground. And that’s why science fiction can be so good as a mirror.
Nigel Edwards is an excellent writer who crafts thoughtful pieces with a lot of care and attention to detail. Ferryman is one such and with all the fuss over Sir Terry’s documentary, now is a good time to read it.
I hope to bring news of more stories coming from Nigel very soon.
Tim C. Taylor – publisher