A brooding composition; a small attack craft skims the swell of a menacing slate grey sea – whilst from the background juts a fortified oil rig reminiscent of a James Cameron design. Illustration used (I think) for the 1988 Sci-Fi Book “Islands of the Net” by Bruce Sterling.
Near future and alternate history Science Fiction (Speculative Fiction) is the most relevant Sci-fi, it’s tangible, political, social, environmental and always thought-provoking… Galloping around the cosmos ala Starwars/Star Trek is all well and good as escapism, but it’s tech that’s hardly round the corner. Plus, when you think about things on a cosmic scale; what are the actual chances of scattered galactic life enduring billions of years of evolution to then suddenly pop-up and simultaneously develop space-faring technology at – give or take a century – exactly the same time? About the same as me retiring on Google Ad revenue.
Image sourced from http://astrona.blogspot.com/
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