Tuesday, May 16, 2017
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)
Suppose that someone close to you (a sibling, a good friend, a significant other...) has just been committed to the hospital for mental problems. "They" say it's because they're saying crazy things. You go to visit your friend (or sibling or...), and their "ravings" don't sound so unsound to you...
What if you believed your friend was locked up not for being crazy but for knowing too much of something? (That something can be something sci fi, like the aliens are coming, to something mundane, like the leader of the family is stealing millions.) What would you do?