Science fiction doesn't keep up with progress

Published on November 23, 2009

Science fiction doesn't keep up with progress

    A couple of words in the continuation of the topic “ Bruce Sterling noticed Avatar Machine ”, which is an excellent example of how science fiction should fulfill its function - prediction and direction of scientific and technological progress. Now she simply does not keep up with him and such examples are very rare exceptions.

    The other day, PC Pro magazine compiled a selection of NF works that had the greatest impact on the development of science and technology.

    Jules Verne described dozens of devices a century ahead of time. They gave inspiration to scientists and designers who read these books in childhood. NASA engineers were brought up on the fantastic series Star Trek and are now trying to realize the ion engine they saw there (that is, the time lag between prediction and implementation has been reduced several times). But what's next?

    Since the Avalanche"(1992) not a single NF product has achieved a significant impact on the computer industry, writes PC Pro. The writer Charles Strauss says that he began to write a science fiction novel in 2005 and made some predictions in the expectation that in ten years they will either make fun of everyone or make them come true. “And you know what is the strangest? Most of them have already become reality by 2009, ”says Strauss.

    Actually, about the same thing, that is, about the death of futurology, Bruce Sterling himself spoke in his last forecast three years ago.