Decadence is wonderful.
First, people don't read novels off screens, and they don't have a tendency to shell out real money for books when they don't retain anything physically for their money.
I am a registered Democrat and two-time unsuccessful candidate for office.
I do not read SF as much as I used to. It's too much like a busman's holiday.
I have long been active in and supportive of conservation and historical preservation causes.
I have taught history on the high school and college levels, and am or have been a lecturer at the Smithsonian, The National Institutes of Health, and numerous colleges and universities, mostly on science fiction and technology subjects.
If you got what it takes, you'll make it. If you don't, Shakespeare couldn't help you.