It’s rare at the moment to read a debate about science fiction and agree so wholeheartedly with most of it, but SF Signal’s current mind-meld on “The Future of Written Science Fiction” had me nodding so vigorously I almost sued myself for whiplash injuries. The question of what happens to the literature of the future when the future actually arrives seems to be exercising some writers and editors rather a lot at the moment. For some, that means writing SF gets harder (Charles Stross recently opined that for him it now verges on the impossible); for others, that one’s vistas just have to go out further.

Personally, I think it is the calling of SF writers, and possibly even their duty, to go that bit further out, to imagine a future based on current concepts, not those of five/ten/twenty years ago, to boldy blow our minds once more.

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