Futurism at a low ebb


Futurism has seen better times than the last 15 years, according to Lawrence R. Samuel, author of Future: A Recent History.

In part 1 of our interview, Samuel talks about how caution and timidity have infected futurists.

One Response to “Futurism at a low ebb”

  1. Tim Kirby says:

    Browsing the local “big box book store” science fiction section,

    it is quite notable that the “science fiction” books are now

    completely overwhelmed by the magic/fantasy novels

    (particularly a remarkable number of vampire novels).

    There’s still some “science”, but not so much.

    Perhaps this is a literal interpretation of Arthur C. Clarkes

    observation that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.

    The technology is now presented as magic… ?