Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Future One Thing at a Time - Matthew Johnson

"It's conventional wisdom in science fiction that the future doesn't come one thing at a time. This idea, which is sometimes called Campbell's Rule (or Campbell's Exception), is explained in these terms in the book On Writing Science Fiction by George Scithers et. al: "You can never do merely one thing. Our world a century hence could be almost as alien as another planet; each change triggers countless others." As fondly as the book is remembered, history shows that this rule simply isn't accurate. Different fields of science and technology do not march in lock-step; the world may change more rapidly or slowly for different places and people, and sometimes it really does change one thing at a time." 3.5 out of 5