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Nihilism, Futurist Traditionalism and Conservationism

Fiction? No; futurism, or a prediction of your trajectory

12 10 11 - 17:59


I came to the conclusion that this indeed is not science fiction; it is not fantasy; it is exactly what Harrison said: futurism. The impact of BLADE RUNNER is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people -- and, I believe, on science fiction as a field. Since I have been writing and selling science fiction works for thirty years, this is a matter of some importance to me. In all candor I must say that our field has gradually and steadily been deteriorating for the last few years. Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER. This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after the segment I found my normal present-day "reality" pallid by comparison. - Letters of Note: Phillip K. Dick

The same could be said for all of humanity. Science fiction became mental escapism; the real question is whether we can handle the consequences of science, technology and prole rule.

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I find that good science fiction shows us the allure of technology while simultaneously revealing to us what we must sacrifice for its sake. Much akin to Burrough's "Naked Lunch" concept. nakedfuture - 12-10-’11 23:47

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