Blackboards Everywhere: Atemporality And The Idea Of The Future
Russell Davies shares some thought-provoking ideas about the current state of science fiction and future thinking in general.
In an interesting new post on his blog, Russell Davies laments the ‘lack of futureness’ in modern times — how there does not seem to be a traditional ‘futuristic,’ fantastic vision being evoked and applied in areas such as fashion, design and fiction. Observing a more pervasive modern throwback culture where the vintage and rustic is revered, he wonders what will become of the classic idea of ‘the future.’
It’s hard to miss the missing future in science fiction. Zero History feels like it’s set in the past, actually last year, when we were all obsessed with tactical pants and I was still updating EBCB. I went to see Mr Gibson talk last night and he said it might be true that his last three books were a pinhole portrait of the first decade of the 21st century. And it struck me that maybe all his books are that, he’s been approaching them from a long way in the past, imagining what they might be like. Now he’s in them, capturing portraits of the now. Soon he’ll be doing history.