Given a blank slate to create a world, things an author doesn't change from their contemporary environment can have as much impact on their narrative as the imaginary worlds they build. How has this affected you when reading or watching Fantasy and Sci-Fi works?
Emily Asher-Perrin wrote a fascinating (and long) article for Tor:
It considers not only Herbert's approach to race in the book, but also gender, and treatment (or utter absence) of marginalized groups in the Dune universe. Long, but worth it, and food for thought for people interested in the books and the upcoming movie.
My recent attempt to re-read Asimov's Foundation series was derailed because the anachronistic social sensibilities yanked me out of the future back to an unenlightened past.
I'm interested to read Goodjer takes on the broader notion of social attitudes in older works of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. As Asher-Perrin points out, when a writer starts with a blank slate, it is interesting to consider what they don't change.