I’ve been thinking a lot lately.
We live in an interesting period of history. I won’t go into a rant on any level. But I will say this: we have to start thinking about our future.
Back in the 50’s and 60’s futurism was all the rage. The space race was on, the Cold War was in full swing, and Science Fiction writers were mostly positive about the way things were going. Artists and writers came up with worlds that were full of awesome technology and shining visions of jetpacks and flying cars.
If you haven’t noticed, we don’t have either of those.
Others envisioned a world run by electronic strips on small cards and computers that run everything in the home.
We have those.
The point is simply this:
They dared to dream of the future.
As writers of science fiction, it is important to dream of the future. Often our stories are set there, making it not only important, but necessary. Maybe you dream of a space faring human race. Or perhaps you stick with the 80’s futurists and see a world full of cybernetics and dystopia. But we have to always be looking forward, to what lies ahead.
What does your future look like?
I have several visions of the future. All of them are different and depend on an infinite number of circumstances.
Revisiting the Past
“A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
Have you read Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End? How about Heinlein’s Starship Troopers? Asimov’s Robot series? What about Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? Alduous Huxley’s Brave New World?
All of these works have their own perspective of the future. And the best thing is that they were written in the past, yet they hold visions of a future not yet reached. By observing these writer’s visions of the future, we can draw our own conclusions. One interesting thing to note is that some of these writers thought their futures would be in place in the time we live in now. Which begs the question:
When do we see our futures happening?
This post is kind of weird and very speculative, but the main thing I want to get across is our need to dream. I said at the beginning that I have been thinking a lot lately.
I’ve been thinking about the future.