Science fiction helps us better see our past, present, and future

Here are posts discussing works of science fiction as history, reporting current events, or prophecy (showing alternate paths of our future). Enjoy and profit from these. Post your comments. This does not include simple movie reviews, just those that raise larger issues.

About Science Fiction

    1. How science fiction shows us the limits of science.
    2. Why don’t our dreams of a better world inspire us to act? — Visions of a better world in science fiction.
    3. Looking at technological singularities in our past & future. — sci fi from the Cro-Magnon era.
    4. Why we have not gone into space, & why we will. — Insights from Heinlein, Pournelle, and Clarke.
    5. 50 years of warnings about the new industrial revolution. It’s here. Ignore the naysayers. — James Blish warned us long ago. Plus some Star Trek.
    6. Our future will be Jupiter Ascending, unless we make it Star Trek?
    7. So many of our hit films show dystopias. This shows how we’ve changed.
    8. Will we enslave robots? If so, prepare for their inevitable revolt.
    9. Sources of inspiration for America’s renewal.
    10. Films show us how smart machines will reshape the world.I, Robot and Colossus – The Forbin Project.
    11. How does The Hunger Games compare to other classic stories of children fighting children? — Star Trek and Heinein’s Tunnel in the Sky.

Star Trek

  1. Will the Taliban Give us a Taste of Armageddon? — More insights from Star Trek.
  2. Let’s look at ourselves in the mirror created by the conflict with Iran — More from “A Taste of Armageddon.”
  3. Our future will be Jupiter Ascending, unless we make it Star Trek?
  4. The neocons captured the Star Trek universe, as they’ve captured America.

Robert Heinlein

  1. Are our wars driving us mad? — Heinlein in Starship Troopers.
  2. The 1% won a counter-revolution while we played. We forgot that we are America’s crew, not passengers. — Heinlein from Orphans of the Sky.
  3. Debunking the myth: “An armed society is a polite society” — Lunatic libertarians take Robert Heinlein’s story too seriously.
  4. We are living in the crazy years AND Fahrenheit 451 — From Heinlein’s future history stories, published as The Past through Tomorrow.
  5. We like superheroes because we’re weak. Let’s use other myths to become strong. — About Heinlein’s Space Patrol.
  6. Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair? — About Heinlein’s Space Patrol.
  7. Did Robert Heinlein in 1961 predict the fall of the Soviet Union? Lessons learned from this. — Debunking a myth about Heinlein.

Isaac Asimov

  1. The Iraq War as a warning for America — The Foundation series.
  2. The hidden key to understanding Europe’s crisis – and ours — The Foundation series.

E. E. Smith’s Lensmen

Jerry Pournell and S. M. Sterling — their future history

David Drake

 

Orson Scott Card

  1. Generals read “Ender’s Game” and see their vision of the future Marine Corps.
  2. Ender’s Game: Playing at Shock and Awe. — About the film.
  3. “Ender’s Game” is a horror movie, showing us our dark side. No worries; we’ll forget faster than we eat the popcorn. — More about the film.
  4. The little-known dark side of Ender’s Game.

David Gerrold

Star Wars

A philosopher reviews “The Phantom Menace”, a great film with hidden depths.

Kage Baker

Others

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