Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Antique Futures -- Dude, where's my flying car?
This 'Fantastic' cover dates from the 'Hush, I hear a white woman scream' era.
But seriously, Amanda brought up the 1960s Space Exploration and books like Heinlein's 'Podkayne of Mars', about settling our solar system.
Here we are forty years later and where are the tourism trips to the moon station? Those books of the 50s and 60s were full of excitement, no challenge was too big, anything seemed possible. Terraform Mars? Mine the asteroids? A colony ship to Andromeda?
Space Opera.Those were positive days, now SF is very dystopic unless it is Space Opera.
What's your favourite classic SF book and what have you read recently that inspired you?