Science Fiction Looking Less Like Fiction, More Like the Real World
Of late, the science fiction genre has been “struck by some combination of ambition and restraint,” per The Atlantic‘s Elizabeth Alsop. Sci-fi movies, for example, have become less about the creation of a far-off fantasy world than one that mimics our current reality. She argues that “[Lately], such exercises in strong futurism seem to have been outnumbered by more modest speculative efforts—narratives imagining a moment that seems to barely anticipate, if not intersect with, the present.” That’s because we’re getting closer to that moment when sci-fi actually becomes nonfiction—whether it be through the advent of autonomous cars, space tourism, or high-tech robots. Read Alsop’s full story here.