by Ernest Lilley
Review by Ernest Lilley
SFRevu.com Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: EL012001
Date: January 2001 /
I know, it's been the New Year/Millennium for weeks and the thrill wore off for you when you tried to pry your eyes open on New Year's Day. Not for me.
I'm the sort of twisted person that likes Mondays. The first day of anything is full of opportunity and here we are at the beginning of a whole millennium. Wow. We've stepped back from the brink of annihilation, new techno-tools and toys come out like clockwork, and there's plenty of meaningful work waiting for us to do. The world is full of challenge and promise and it's a great time to be alive.
Someday you'll tell people that you were there at the beginning of the millennium and were part of the transformation of humanity that is sure to come. What's the future going to be like? I don't know, but I do know we're part of the process of creating it. Two movies come to mind; Terminator 2 and 2010. Slipped a cog, Ern? Don't you mean 2001 and Terminator? Nope. As movies they may be more engaging, but the sequels had time to see where things were going and take a second shot at it.
The moment I love from T2 is when they break the chain of known events and are running exultantly toward the unknown future for the first time. The moment that comes back to me from 2010 is when David Poole appears to tell Dr. Floyd that something is going to happen ... something wonderful.
It's like that for us. The future is unbounded, it's up ahead and full of promise, full of challenge. Go for it. Let's meet that challenge and make a future full of the sense of wonder.
Science fiction has always been about embracing the future, whether through cautionary tales that say, "Don't ever do this", to visions of better days to come, and often, as in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, both at the same time. We're the people who write these stories, the people who read and care about them. We're the people who look ahead to things to come.
Everything that's come before was just the first period of a game called the human adventure.
Let's get up off the benches and play hard. Let's do it for ourselves and those to come, and in no small part for those that came before. Those giants whose shoulders we stand upon: Plato, Confucius, Galileo, DaVinci, Newton, Marie Curie, George Washington Carver, Goddard, Rousseau, Hobbs, Voltaire, Freud, Jung, Machiavelli, Franklin, Jefferson and Adams. Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Gernsback and Campbell. Everyone who has tried to understand the human condition and make a better world, or even just to explore what it is we are and what we can be.
It's up to us. Let's make a future to worth living in. Let's do something ... wonderful.