Not sure if this is the right section but the mods can fix it if it isn't. Anyway after watching a lot of sci-fi shows and reading a lot of sci-fi books i began to think about the future when science fiction becomes reality. What will happen to our beloved genre? It is already begining to fade away as we advance. Think back to the 30s and 40s when TV first stared out and there were series about aliens from Mars and people living on the Moon. They've all gone away for good because we know there is no intelligent life on Mars and we've (apparently) been to the Moon. How long until robotics advances to the point where robot movies and charaters in TV shows vanish (Goodbye Bender :( ) We still have some movies and books involving cryofreeze but as that technology advances it is changing and slowly disappearing. So what comes after sci-fi? When we are slingshotting around the accetion disc of a black hole will we think "Shit, i read this in some ancient book." Now i know that that is a long way off but it is kind of sad to think that all the creativity some sci-fi writers have will be gone forever. Now we should give sci-fi writers a lot of credit for the things we see around us. Many of the "new" technology we have today was written about decades, perhaps centuries ago by some long forgotten, poorly credited writer. The most alarming thing is that once we have all the technology and are going about the stars, like we would a train or bus, we will have othing to look forward to unless the fantasy writers inspire a more simple age and that would cause a cycle. But wouldn't you know it, that too has been written about already.
"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun"
Imagination is like a big dark room. You reach out all around you looking for something to grab hold of. When you find something you try and feel its shape and imagine what it looks like. In todays day and age there are 6 billion other people in that room doing the same thing. The odds of you finding something that hasn't already been explored is slim to none.
7th December 2003
Science Fiction often uses technology that could theoretically exist. At some point in the future when one of those technologies can be used it is likely that we will have new theories which might make things possible we didn't think about yet.
I guess it will take a long time though until we reach the technology level you have in most science fiction shows with engines that enable you to fly to other galaxies. If that is possible.