Exploring the future

XVI.5 September + October 2009
Page: 72
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TRUE TALESWe are living in a sci-fi world


Authors:
Steve Portigal

In 1993, on NPR's "Fresh Air," science fiction author William Gibson famously said, "The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet." In the work of Gibson and his fellow writers, we often find the tension between two key pillars of future thinking: our future stuff and our future selves. Science fiction (also known as SF, which for many purists refers instead to speculative fiction) has taken on both of those pillars. But to the uninitiated, it's presumed to consist only of the "stuff"¬órobots, aliens, gizmos, spaceships, and lasers that go pyew pyew! (the noise that every boy…




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