posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 02:07 AM
Much science-fiction writing (and i recommend 1984 as a read not just as a film) offers a look at the future. In particular our near future. 1984 is
but one example, I see us societally as having already surpassed Orwell. I now find greater parallels in Philip K Dicks body of work, Flow my Tears
the Policeman said, is an excellent example. Similarly we are seeing elements of Gibson, a combination of Neuromancer and his later work, All
Tommorrows Parties. Some science-fiction is without substance. Much of it takes us far beyond the realms of our own imagination and is visionary.
These three are excellent examples. For Orwell it is not so much Big Brother, but the automation, administrative bureaucracy and the subesquent
limitation of our life choices. We have seen this. Dick examines more totalitarian means of social compliance and in my opinion the man was a genius
of vision. Concepts of victimless crime, bureaucratic policing, identification chips....and a really good read with it.