Interesting article in The Herald. The author outlines the connection between speculative fiction and the societal development, using his family and friends in Pakistan as a case in point. He writes:
"Is it a shock to anyone that Pakistan has been in the grip of an existential crisis for the last 60-some years? Outlining the root causes and effects of it is outside the scope of this article, but I will take a moment here to make a (seemingly) preposterous claim: Encouraging science fiction, fantasy, and horror readership has the potential to alleviate or fix many of Pakistan’s problems."
To read the rest of the article, click on the link.