Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Energizing Futures: How SF Fuels Itself - Stephen Gaskell

"Virtual worlds. Terraforming complexes. Star-spanning generation ships. Science fiction is chock-full of massive technological artifacts born of humankind's desire to create, to explore. What do they all have in common? They all consume energy like black holes swallow stars. Computation, mechanization, acceleration. If the future's getting faster, it's certainly getting more energy intensive. Even when SF is not envisioning these glittering futures, a growing Earth population living increasingly modern lifestyles means that our collective energy needs will inevitably rise, new technologies or not. One question that's often not given much attention is: Where does this energy come from?" 4 out of 5