Part of the reason I chose to write this novel is because I am more than a little sick and tired of two characteristics of most modern fiction, including science fiction.So, what examples of working class heroes can you think of in our genres? The first ones that occur to me are Mal Reynolds of Firefox/Serenity, Conan the Barbarian, and Zenna Henderson's characters in her stories of the People.
The first is that the common folk who built this country and keep it running—blue-collar workers, schoolteachers, farmers, and the like—hardly ever appear. If they figure at all, it is usually as spear carriers—or, more often than not, as a bastion of ignorance and bigotry. That is especially true of people from such rural areas as West Virginia. Hicks and hillbillies: a general, undifferentiated mass of darkness.
(Flint's second complaint is cynical fiction, which I think he means to be the opposite of optimistic fiction. Maybe I'll tackle that in a future post.)