Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Future of Science Fiction

Science fiction that pretended to show us the future couldn't keep up with the present. It failed to foresee the electronic revolution, for example. Now that science and technology move ever faster, much science fiction is really fantasy in a space suit: wishful thinking about galactic empires and cybersex - often a bit reactionary. Things are livelier over on the social and political side, where human nature, which doesn't revise itself every few years, can be relied on to provide good solid novel stuff.
--Ursula K. Le Guin

You might be interested in reading this article from NewScientist which looks at the past, the present, and the future of the science fiction genre. Probably most interesting are the excerpts written by six leading science fiction authors, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Baxter, William Gibson, Ursula K Le Guin (quoted above), Kim Stanley Robinson, and Nick Sagan.

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