In the strictly literal sense, of course no - we are not already living in the future. But speaking as someone in their 40s, it astonishes me how much technology has changed not just in my lifetime, but over the last two decades. It seems that, amongst other things, the incredible processing speeds which computers are capable of has helped accelerate the pace of change to such a degree that it often feels as if we are living in the future now.
If you agree with that - or even if you don't(!) - where does that leave Science Fiction? Will Science Fiction turn more and more to the exploration of space or do you think it will turn inwards - to ourselves and our societies? What do you think might be the next big trend in SF writing? (For my own money, I think it is bound to become ever more fantastical)
One of the larger challenges will be writing about new technologies BEFORE they are commonplace. The recent and tragic death of woman by a driverless car is a good example. For a while now I've toyed with ideas involving driverless car technology behaving badly; reality however has happened.
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