“..Science fiction was stuck in a complacent groove by the 1980s.
You could go into a bookstore and find Arthur C. Clarke’s next Odyssey installment – or Isaac Asimov’s books about the three laws of robotics.
Robert Heinlein was still churning out sex and philosophy.
But despite the efforts of a variety of literary insurgencies science fiction felt very much like it did 20 or 30 years before.
It was a La-Z-Boy-recliner experience of the future.
Competent men of science did competent things -
- aerospace was the coolest tech -
- and politics revolved around the conflicts of nation states.
And then came cyberpunk..”
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