I was sitting at my dad’s house waiting for my laundry to finish (yes, I’m too old to be doing laundry at my parent’s house). On his little reading table sat Walden Two. Walden Two, written by BF Skinner. And I thought, BF Skinner? The nym behind the eponymous Skinner Box? I flipped the book over, and sure ’nuff, one and the same.
I thought, this just has to be terrible, probably as unreadable as Ayn Rand. I read the first few pages. Surprisingly, it wasn’t terrible. It probably doesn’t develop into anything subtle, beautiful, literary, etc, but certainly impressive for a non-writer. It’s a utopian vision, and seems to serve as a thought experiment where Skinner can test the consequences of his psychological theories. The reader reviews on Amazon back me up on this supposition. Interestingly enough, it looks like Walden Two made some waves upon publication, and even affected the work of other utopians, notably Aldous Huxley.
It got me thinking, what other non-writers have tried to disseminate their ideas in fiction? Let me know in the comments.