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Because kids once dreamed dreams like this:
Dec. 1922 edition of Science and Invention

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raisinbottom
Dec. 20th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'd kill for that future. A darned sight better than ubiquitous pornography and herpaderp discussion forums.
marycatelli
Dec. 21st, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
I'd put it the other way round: once SF encouraged such dreams.
wombat_socho
Dec. 21st, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
I would say that SF still (sometimes) encourages those dreams, but fantasy doesn't and never did.

For many years, SF was full of stories that appealed to young men who wanted to be scientists or engineers, or at least looked up to other mean who wanted to be such, but lately it is hard to distinguish a lot of it from fantasy, and it seems to me that much of the rest depicts a grim future that none of us would really want to live in. (I am not blind to the irony of my icon choice here.)
marycatelli
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
We want action and adventure, and if one genre won't give it to us, we will pack our bags and betake ourselves to another.
wombat_socho
Dec. 22nd, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Just so.
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