Why I find the obsession with "prescience" in science fiction to be misguided.
If I didn't feel before like I was living in a science fiction novel, this year sure clinched that feeling. But not for the reasons you might think.
ON SF exhaustion, and the point of believing in tomorrow.
Why 'Trek' continues to matter, or not matter.
Yet more on 'Hieroglyph' and a better future for all who can afford it.
If looking to SF for a vision of the future is a bad idea, can we at least say which SF we're talking about?
The best far-looking SF is always rooted in the conflicts of the moment -- especially the things we think we will someday outgrow.
The mysticism of the future by way of technology is no improvement over the mysticisms of the past.
E.W. Dijkstra Archive: On the cruelty of really teaching computing science (EWD 1036) The usual way in which we plan today for tomorrow is in yesterday's vocabulary. We do so, because we try to get away with the concepts we...
More on the general avoidance of discussions about spirituality in futurism.
What happened to the cool future we all imagined? Maybe it wasn't all of us that imagined it, or wanted it.
Gadgetry is not futurism.
On looking forward (in SF) while at the same time looking around -- because that's all you really can do.