posted by Karen Burnham at Wednesday 26 January 2011 @ 2:12 am BST
Welcome to our second Locus Roundtable discussion. I started off the panel with the following question:
Now that we’re a few weeks into the new decade, I was wondering if anyone would like to take a crack at talking about the decade just past. It was the decade that had Arthur C. Clarke’s iconic science fictional years: 2001 and 2010. But instead of commercial transport to the Moon and adventures in the Jovian satellites, we had a major space program cancellation. Mundane SF encouraged us to keep our concerns closer to home, and Steampunk looked back to a past where we could imagine a cooler future than this one. Even William Gibson’s work has been merging with the present day. Is sf struggling to catch up with the future we’ve found ourselves in?
In deference to those who hate scrolling, I’ve broken this post into separate pages for each response. Click here to see all the response links. However, I strongly recommend that you choose the ‘View All’ option from the menu to get a better feel for the give-and-take flow of the discussion.