Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dystopia

Before going on to the Summer of '77, I want to mention that not all of the science fiction I encountered painted a rosy picture of the future. Concerns of devastating nuclear war, overpopulation, destruction of nature, and dehumanizing technology were reflected in some of the stories I read. These negative visions of the future introduced doubts in my mind that scientific progress would necessarily lead to good. I came to realize that science and technology could be used for evil as well as good, but my hope was that improvements in education would help the future turn positive.

3 comments:

kkollwitz said...

Small, small, world. I was just last night reading an essay about Canticle and the life of its author in the latest edition of this magazine:

http://www.staustinreview.com/star/current

This after having read it the first time about 40 years ago in a minor seminary.

Gregory said...

Thanks for the link; it looks like a good article. I recently read The Road and liked it very much. I have a greater appreciation of dystopian stories and tragedies in general than I did as a teenager. Back then they were very upsetting for my optimism.

kkollwitz said...

I read The Road last year, really liked it as well, if 'like' is the word for it.

I was excited about the movie, but have thus far decided not to see it. I think I was burned by having read Children of Men years ago, and then seeing the movie of the same name.