Tag Archive: futurism

I put my ipod into its cradle in my car, selected “I am the Law” by Anthrax, pumped the volume high and began to drive home. A few minutes later, I was pulled over by Niagara cops as part of their R.I.D.E. checks. I killed the volume, wound the window down. The car ahead was stopped, interrogated and asked to move along.

I thought I had gotten away with it – they weren’t going to ask me any questions. I was beaning and on a sugar high – a medium double double, double-choc donut and adrenalin pump from watching an awesome movie.  “How much have you had to drink tonight, sir?”

Every fibre of me screamed to pump the gas, careen onto the sidewalk and pull away, shouting out the window “You’ll never take me alive coppa!”

“Nothing. Nothing at all,” was all I could conjure.

“Where are you coming from?” Steel eyed cop glare.

I wanted to say with pride: “Coming home from the Judge Dredd movie, punk!”, but I acquiesced and lowered my excitement level, “Just been to the movies…”

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What will happen in 20 mins?

One of the big draws of SF, either science or speculative fiction, is the ability of its authors to prophecy the developments of the future. In practical circles, it has become the driving purpose of Science Fiction, specifically, whose greatest practitioners are consulted by governments and think-tanks for dealing with the alien invasions of the future, or warning humans from the distant future about the dangers of our nuclear waste. But really, what is futurism and how much sway does it have with us?

I, like many people, am still waiting for my jetpack and hover car. It was promised a long time ago, but I don’t see it anywhere. Still, the idea of it has captured my imagination, so one could argue that that is really the point of SF. Not to predict the future, but to encourage its development. To inspire, rather than predict.

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