Comments: Robert Sawyer Interviewed

I think Sawyer's underlying point is that he isn't much a believer that the predictions of Future Shock didn't come to pass.

Remember Future Shock was never a "reality" just a very popular prediction of how we as a culture might react to change.

Personaly I'm inclined to agree with him people living at the dawn of the 20th century saw more dramatic change than we have had over the past thirty years.

The next thirty years might be a different story though.

Posted by Jose at June 15, 2006 03:16 AM

I see his points but he conveniently talks about two areas which have not kept up with Science fiction, but how about the area of genetics?
Cloning, transgenetic food, and animals? these are all a reality. In some other areas such as the impact of personal digital devices, I think reality has outstripped a lot of Sci-fi.
The reason there is no Future shock is because these things happen incrementaly and we anticipate them.

Posted by kyle8 at June 16, 2006 08:02 PM

I wouldn't go so far to say that our genetic technology outstrips SF predictions. Most of the older SF steers clear of biotech in general but there are plenty of counterexamples.

I agree with you on the Future Shock front but its also true that our modern world resembles 1950 a lot more than 1950 resembles 1900. Alvin Toffler, the author of Future Shock, was talking about a radicaly different, unrecognizably alien future compared to the one we have today.

Posted by Jose at June 22, 2006 11:49 AM
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