Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Technology And Fiction
"folders" and "documents" that exist only on computer screens;
All of this was science fiction in (some of) our lifetimes and some sf writers anticipated various applications of computers. A novelist writing in 2016 but setting his novel just a few years in the past must carefully check the status of technology at that time in order to avoid anachronism - kind of like sf in reverse. A ghost story by Alan Moore depends on its narrator using his mobile to check the voicemail on his landline.
Poul Anderson could have written a substantial contemporary novel incorporating all of the technology while hinting that the Time Patrol was operating in the background behind all the intelligence services.