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The Space-Time Continuum: Cynicism vs. hope in science fiction

The Hunger Games may be getting all the attention right now, but there’s a long history to dystopian science fiction. War of the Worlds, Brave New World, 1984, A Canticle for Leibowitz, A Handmaid’s Tale...the list goes on and on. I’ve written some myself. Dark and dangerous futures are, of course, ripe settings for fiction. (As are dark and dangerous pasts or presents, for that matter.) They provide the author with plenty of opportunities for adventure and excitement, as the heroes struggle to survive against nature, their fellow humans, or (in science fiction and fantasy) aliens, zombies, goblins or what-have-you. I mean, there’s a good reason you don’t see many Star Trek ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:51, September 22nd, 2012 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | 2 Comments »