How the Future Predicts Science Fiction

Feb 11, 05:24 by IROSF

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Feb 15, 21:11 by Nader Elhefnawy
I enjoyed the article-and incidentally, also enjoyed Space Magic, which I reviewed for The Fix a couple of years ago.

There's certainly a lot here about uses of the future, and the pitfalls that go into extrapolation (though I have to admit there's a case to be made for the glass-half-full side of that discussion, which I wish was made more often).

Incidentally, as to the predictions you make, I definitely see the economic collapse scenarios making a comeback, much like we saw in so much of '80s cyberpunk. I think the fragmentation theme's been around quite a bit already-but it might derive an extra dimension not from the "Net Generation," but the "iGeneration" as it's called in this piece in H+ Magazine.
http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/neuro/children-law-accelerating-returns




Feb 16, 09:13 by Dave Goldman
Can you imagine Invasion of the Body Snatchers being written in the same way even ten years earlier, or ten years later?


How about 22 years later? The first remake replaces Communism with EST, thus further demonstrating your point.

(I haven't seen the subsequent two remakes, so I won't comment on them.)
Sep 23, 06:55 by researchgrp23@gmail.com
Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or no. But my questions is; If science fiction can predict the future, then why don't we call it science fact?

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Jan 16, 08:21 by fivescarynightsgames@gmail.com
This seems to be one of those reading protocol things. We, here, tend to read the novel as SF, which it is - a classical post-apocalypse novel. But it's quite likely that McCarthy didn't intend it to be read as such.
While I'm hardly an expert on McCarthy, I've read a number of his books, which seem to focus on the journey of an innocent through a landscape of moral evil. These works have all been realistic fiction, and the descriptions are notable for an intense realism in depicting the settings, the physical landscape.
Read as a continuation of the author's other novels, The Road seems to be taking the landscape of moral evil to its ultimate conclusion. The physical setting is just as clearly detailed; what is missing is the explanation of how it came about.
But this is what the science fiction reader is trained to look for - how the apocalypse came about, how the setting got to the point at which we find it. Does it make sense in SFnal terms?
And that just isn't the game that McCarthy seems to be playing; the ambiguity is deliberate.


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