Monday, 3 April 2017
Compare And Contrast
For decades, many sf writers, notably including Poul Anderson, addressed issues around computers and AI. Anderson's characters used "infotrieves." In the first decade of the twenty first century, Stieg Larsson's characters communicated and hacked on the internet. It sounded like sf but it was up-to-date technology.
I have compared Anderson and Larsson in relation to:
conventions of action-adventure fiction;
male-female teams in fiction;
uses of the Bible in fiction;
So far, there is one major disappointment and, of course, the fault does not lie with writers. Twentieth century sf readers confidently expected that interplanetary travel would have become routine by the early twenty first century. Imagine contemporary fiction in which flights to the Moon were as commonplace as flights between Europe and North America.