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When Sci-fi Gets Real: Which Story Hits Too Close to Home?

"Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself." -Ray Bradbury

Hey, sci-fi fans! Let's talk about sci-fi novels that hit a little too close to reality. You know, the ones that made you go, "Wait a minute..." or "Uh oh." Share the book that left you shook, where the futuristic world felt just a step away from our own. From dystopias to mind-bending technologies, let's discuss how these stories resonate with our ever-evolving world.

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Ryan Brown

I've been living as a literature version of a NPC in a Gibson-esq Neuromancer era pulp sci-fi novel. I may have come across the main characters at some point. Perhaps it was looking up at the sky, the colour of a TV tuned to a dead channel, on my way to work as a shift-programmer for a Corp. Perhaps it was using virtual meet-ups in our interconnected matrix during a global outbreak. Perhaps it's in discussions with or about the nascent machine intelligence (plural) both giving hope and despair. All while human rights and climate are placed squarely in the target reticle of ever more consolidated power and money.

I have a pocket version of what would have been a super computer to my childhood self. I don't do much with it except read news or sometimes play a game. We basically have cyberdecks but used to track us and sell us stuff (or sell us to others), brain-computer interfaces are being developed by fascist supporters.

It's been a rough week.

bekahhw profile image

This might be inspiration to someone. I wrote it this week: Open Source in Science Fiction: Exploring Imaginary Worlds.