Politics and writing. How often should the two meet?
I've been reading a lot of headlines in the news about Egypt and it makes me wonder how much political upheaval influences writing, both fiction and non-fiction. I know that Brandon Sanderson brings politics into his books with a very deft hand, but he does it within fantastical worlds. How does one go about putting politics into a novel that is based in reality? Can it be done without being dated too quickly? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Please, take the floor Inkers. :)