Jo Walton on Science Fiction Without The Future

September 5, 2011

On Tor.com: Jo Walton writes Where are all the positive futures?

When I was writing about The Door Into Summer, I kept finding myself thinking what a cheerful positive future it’s set in. I especially noticed because the future is 1970 and 2000. I also noticed because it isn’t a cliche SF future—no flying cars, no space colonies, no aliens, just people on Earth and progress progressing. Why is nobody writing books like this now?

This is such an interesting debate. Among other interesting things, the comments on the post mention a bunch of works I’ve never heard of, and some that I have and seem like scraping the bottle of the barrel. I wish there were more like this..

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