Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sci-Fi writers of the past predict life in 2012

As part of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 1987, a group of science fiction luminaries put together a text “time capsule” of their predictions about life in the far off year of 2012. Including such names as Orson Scott Card, Robert Silverberg, Jack Williamson, Algis Budrys and Frederik Pohl, it gives us an interesting glimpse into how those living in the age before smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi and on-demand streaming episodes of Community thought the future might turn out. Read More


eon said...


eon said...

And yet again, the mobile phone demand stops everything the first time. And no, the "555" trick doesn't work, Google calls that an invalid number.

As to what I was trying trying to say...

Gene Wolfe's prediction that SF would be a major portion of entertainment but not be ID'd as such seems accurate. Best Buy no longer has an SF section in their video racks. When I asked why, a sales clerk said that Sf videos were now distributed in other sections, "where they belong".

This means, I assume, that movies like The Fifth Element are next to movie like Die Hard in action adventure, being movies with Bruce Willis in them, and etc.

I managed to restrain myself from asking him if 2001 was next to Eyes Wide Shut, or maybe Barry Lyndon.

Instead, I went over to browse in the Horror section. At least they still recognize it as itself.

For now, that is.