By which I do not mean that world-building, too, can be a form of vacuuming the cat --- which I kinda take for granted.
No, what I mean is when a writer goes to tell a story, often retelling a story, in, say, a SF future. The problem is that the social hierarchy required is not -- futuristic. Indeed, it's rather more often seen in the past than in the present. Or perhaps it requires that there be servants.( Collapse )