|Software Engineering Fiction: Near-future speculation in <em>Rainbows End</em> and <em>Halting State</em>|
Science fiction writers have always speculated about the future -- sometimes they are quite accurate (Jules Verne predicted live newscasts, space travel, and the Internet in the 19th century) and other times not so much (flying cars haven't taken off yet). Authors typically set their science fiction stories well into the future, so they can get in a few good years of sales before the future becomes the present and their works begin to look naïve and obsolete.
posted at 2008-11-16 01:23:06 US/Mountain
by David Simmons
tags: cypherpunk2.0 sf whatsnext inspiration