Post by Robert Carnegie Post by email@example.com
As science and technology advances, science fiction stories
can quickly become outdated. While traditional fantasy
stories age slowly, as they are usually based on medieval
world's with magic.
Of course, our understanding of human behaviour advances
with time, so most present day stories age at a rate
between science fiction and fantasy.
A different point of view is that fantasy whose
setting is "medieval" - the sort with tragically
afflicted princesses and clever unskilled
labourers - is outdated straight away. Even
when you're reading it on Twitter.
Science fiction stories even from last year are
liable to leave out some invention that the
writer didn't foresee (Pokemon Go, transsexual
bathrooms), so, read quickly.
Present-day stories are usually about eighteen
months behind reality; for instance,
starts in the year 2003, with William Gibson's
_Pattern Recognition_ (I haven't verified
the reference, or, I think, read the book.)
And yet today we have 3-D printing, which may
make a difference to that. It's faster, yes?