Friday, April 22, 2011

New world order ahead: The developing world is the setting for science fiction's best new novels - Jonathan Wright

"British novelist Alastair Reynolds is an optimist. His forthcoming Blue Remembered Earth imagines East Africa leading the space race 150 years hence. When news of the novel appeared on the science-fiction website, he says, it brought "the most incredibly reactionary and infantile statements imaginable".

It was then, he adds, that he knew he was on to something. "What was America like 150 years ago?" he retorts. "You're going back to the time of the Civil War when your average American was probably a guy living in a log cabin with an axe. I mean, America was hardly the most industrialised, tech-savvy nation 150 years ago. Very few places were...""

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