[LMB] OT: Worlcbuilding

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Apr 12 16:24:30 BST 2015


> On Apr 12, 2015, at 9:12 AM, Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net> wrote:
> 
>> If SF writers are desired, one could point to Murray Leinster's "A
>> Logic Named Joe", which is eerily predictive of the Internet (though
>> with some significant differences).
> 
> Also Verne, Wells, Heinlein, and others.
> http://mindstalk.net/sfpred.html
> 
> It's not that internet like stuff was never predicted, it's that it
> never took off to be definitive of SF the way rockets and FTL did.
> 
> Some of the more casual uses were not predicted to my knowledge, though
> might have been from simply observing the uses of the telegraph,
> especially by line operators.


Too much extrapolation makes a far future universe too alien to be effective background for stories that we need to relate to.


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