The future as fiction: how speculative novels teach us about the present
Besides predicting the future, good science fiction helps us understand the present
These days, we're living with a lot of uncertainty. And that can be scary. So we turn to science, to mathematical models and policy makers, all to try to understand where things are going.
But fiction can also offer us insights into not what's going to happen, but who we are.
Novels can remind us that no matter how scary or uncertain things are, others have dealt with similar feelings.
Over the years at Spark, we've spoken to many authors who have imagined the future, and where our strengths and weaknesses could lead us. And while none of them predicted what we're going through now, they still offer insights on being human in strange times. And for where we may be headed.
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