Living in the Future
by Ernest Lilley
Review by Ernest Lilley
SFRevu ISBN/ITEM#: 0709EL
Date: 01 September 2007
Links: Quirks and Quarks - Where's My Jetpack / Where's My Jetpack Review /
Just once (and hopefully before I die),
Now, I know the moon smells more like gunpowder than cheese,
There's still an exciting future out there to be discovered, and there are still exciting and heroic adventures to be had, but we need to reframe the questions we're asking.
Science Fiction has engaged with that front too, though it's slipperier than a Venusian space eel, and harder to find than a Mercurian snow beast. Which Douglas Adams pointed out in his Hitchiker's Trilogy. Well he claimed it was a trilogy, but then he also claimed that the most powerful computer in the universe insisted that 6 x 9 = 42. Amusing though that train of thought is, I recommend Peter Watt's Blindsight for a deeper look at what it means to be human.
Imagine that you're a person, he tells us, and it turns out to be exactly the right task to engage with if we're going to find the meaning of life in the future.
Sr. Editor, SFRevu
September 1, 2007