Note — Jan 19, 2020

How Science Fiction Imagined the 2020s

When I was a kid, “dans les années 2000” (“in the 2000s”) was shorthand for “in the future,” and many scifi novels were set somewhere in there, often in the 2020s. In a few years I’ll have lived as long in this millennia as in the previous, some days it feels like the future hasn’t arrived, and on others like multiple futures are happening all the time, at high speed. Tim Maughan (may I again recommend his excellent Infinite Detail?) looks at some of the classics from Gibson, Sterling, Rucker, King, James, Butler, and even Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, to see what they got right.

Islands in the Net isn’t about the never-ending conflict between Islamic terrorism and Western governments that we’re constantly being told we’re fighting, but instead a war between developing nations and globalization itself. […]

From the real-world 2020s, where it feels like injustices are exposed on a daily basis, but where our hope for justice is lost in the signal-to-noise ratio of the infinite scroll, this idea now feels naive. […]

Infertility may not be the driver, but these days there’s often a distinct feeling that people are channeling some latent paternal love into pets rather than children. And indeed, the economic pressures and anxieties about the future are discouraging many millennials from having kids.

More → For more author on author writing, also checkout this interview of Kim Stanley Robinson by Eliot Peper.