Jiminy Christmas, the (then) President of the United States just touted The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and conversed tangentially about the Hugo Award. Yes, he has long been – tangentially – a sci fi reader. Great stuff! But. Um hey, sir? Did you notice my name, in small letters, on the cover of TTBP? ;-)
Well, well. There’s more: “I don’t worry about the survival of the novel. We’re a storytelling species. I think that what one of the jobs of political leaders going forward is, is to tell a better story about what binds us together as a people. And America is unique in having to stitch together all these disparate elements – we’re not one race, we’re not one tribe, folks didn’t all arrive here at the same time. What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us. And I want to make sure that we continue that.”
What a terrific interview about books and reading with a truly amazing and under-appreciated man.