- Society hasn't really changed, it's just the technology that has advanced (or in some cases, regressed).
- The future is either a dystopia or a post-apocalyptic world. On one end, some stories end with hope while others reinforce the bleakness of the world.
- The future is a utopia. More often than not, the utopia is an illusion and the story is really either #1 or #2. In some cases, the future truly is a utopia thanks to one social or technological innovation. (Of course right now, off the top of my head, I can't think of an utopian-utopia story. Any takers? The closest I can think of is Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers if it weren't for the fact that there's an alien invasion.)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The future (or its close sibling, the parallel world/universe or a far off planet) has been one of the elements of science-fiction and fantasy (more of the former than the latter). Of course when writers write about the future, it's usually one of three possibilities: