The State of Science and Science Fiction

This blog is usually about the future: the distant future where we’re flying off to Mars for our vacations and we have robots to do our laundry for us.  But the more immediate future is important as well.  Given the global economic problems of the last few years, the way we do science and the way we get our science fiction is changing.  I recently found two articles that give us a hint about how different these things will be.

First, Hollywood director James Cameron recently voyaged into the depths of the Marianas Trench.  As far as I know, he did not discover any secret alien civilizations while he was down there.  As the government cuts funding for scientific research, more and more private companies and wealthy individuals are stepping in to take the government’s place.  This article from Deep Sea News suggests that the near future of science may depend on people like James Cameron.

Second, with the rise of the Kindle, the Nook, and other ebook readers, the way science fiction books are published is changing.  In fact, the entire publishing industry is in upheaval.  While many publishing professionals are screaming in terror, some unknown authors are getting a chance to be read for the first time.  This article from Auxiliary Memory looks at the top 100 science fiction ebooks sold on Amazon and how the changing science fiction market may bring us some really good, really strange, new Sci-Fi ideas.

For those of you who care about science and science fiction, please read these articles.  We’re living in the 21st Century, that magical age when science fiction is supposed to become science fact.  The world really is changing, and both science and science fiction are changing with it.

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