Predicting the past

Monday, April 3, 2017
Jane Rawson

In fights about realist literature versus speculative fiction – fights that happen mysteriously often online and on the stages of writers’ festivals – spec-fic fans like to say that the point of the genre, what makes it so great, is that it helps us imagine the future.

Books like ‘1984’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ are selling out around the world as readers try to figure out where the new US President is taking his country and the world. ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Gold Fame Citrus’, ‘The Natural Way of Things’, ‘Clade’: they all help us pick apart the way we live now and ponder what kind of future we’re building for ourselves.

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