Grandfather Paradox

I do not care much for science-fiction.

But, I have recently discovered that I deeply appreciate the fiction writings of futurists who use fiction to explore what happens when we “play out” some of the current ideas and patterns 20, 60, 200 years into the future.

I appreciate what Warren Ellis, Peter Watts, and Dan Hon are up to.

Who else should I be giving some attention to?

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6 responses to “Futures”

  1. thomasknoll Avatar

    Semi-related, @comptly:disqus told me to read:
    * A Canticle for Leibowitz [1]
    * Stranger in a Strange Land [2]
    * Anathem [3]

    [1] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/164154.A_Canticle_for_Leibowitz
    [2] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/350.Stranger_in_a_Strange_Land
    [3] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2845024-anathem

  2. Cody Boyte Avatar
    Cody Boyte

    Was going to suggest Heinlein. Great futurist, especially when you consider he was writing ~40+ years ago.

    1. thomasknoll Avatar

      Thank you Cody! Anyplace specific I should start?

      1. Cody Boyte Avatar
        Cody Boyte

        For considering effects in the future, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Door into Summer and the short story Waldo are particularly interesting. Also, once you’ve read Stranger in a Strange Land, the book Time Enough for Love is an interesting exploration of what happens when we can essentially live forever.

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