Science fiction encourages us to explore… all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
The Jetsons had them in the 1960s. They were the defining element of ‘Knight Rider’ in the 1980s: cars that drive themselves. Self-driving cars appear in countless science fiction movies. By Hollywood standards, they are so normal we don’t even notice them. But in real life, they still don’t exist. What if you could buy […]
How could you possibly call something science fiction at this point unless it has to do with something that hasn’t been done? When I write about ‘Drones over Brooklyn,’ it’s not like I’m making something up. Drones are policing American cities.
Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children’s stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, ‘Can’t you write anything normal?’
Science fiction writers missed the most salient feature of our modern era: the Internet.
I have so many favourite science fiction films. I would say ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ are two of my favourite sci-fi films. Also ‘Children of Men’ would be one of my favourite science fiction films. I love the original ‘Solaris’ and the remake. And even though it wasn’t a film, the series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was one […]
Tokyo in the late 1960s seemed to be like one of the futures that science fiction presents. Here was the proto- super-technology of the future, electronically, robotically, blahblahblah, intercut with traditional Japanese cultural patterns, Shinto patterns.
I was standing on the shoulders of other science fiction writers like William Gibson, who had written ‘Neuromancer’ on a typewriter before home computers even really existed, and Neal Stephenson who wrote ‘Snow Crash’ in the early ’90s and imagined an online virtual world before the birth of the modern Internet.