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The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance WIRED UK Columnist

Russell Davies agonising a bit over what to write in his next WIRED UK column. I go through exactly the same thing for mine. At least I now know what to avoid agonising over this weekend.

Also, Russell, this?

I sometimes think all this talk of atemporality is an abdication of sci-fi responsibility. SF writers seem very keen to deny that they’re writing about the future. They’re not doing prediction, they’re telling us about the now. OK. Well. Pack it in and get on with some prediction.

SF was never really about prediction. It was about extrapolation from the present condition, usually (in the classical traditional) to observe and comment upon the present condition. Which isn’t the same thing. "Prediction" is sf’s side effect.

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