Sunday, 25 September 2016
Mundane And Exotic
Early in the twentieth century, it was still thought that our galaxy was the entire universe. In the 1960's, it was still theoretically possible that planets were rare or even unique to the Solar System. Now we mentally inhabit an exotic expanding universe of many extrasolar planets, black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Contemporary novels refer to computers and the Internet in a way that would still have been science fiction until very recently. Indeed, sf anticipated such developments. See here.
I am still toying with the idea that, while characters in contemporary fiction go about their mundane business, Manse Everard of the Time Patrol lives in his apartment in New York. How can fiction adequately reflect this coexistence of the mundane and the exotic?