• Justin Mitchell

    The time traveller claim was interesting. I just recently met a stranger on a ferry who claimed to be a time traveller. He looked just like a typical tourist from the Orients; kaki shorts, Polo shirt, sandals and gaudy sunglasses. He brought a copy of one of my books up to me and wanted it signed. I wasn’t having a very good day, and getting accosted by some loon claiming to be from the future didn’t put me in a better frame of mind. He made the comment, “I had imagined the author of this book to be a lot more pleasant.” As a result, I signed the opening page with the signature ‘Unpleasant Bastard’.

    I wonder how many people out there get so sick of the present that they fantasize themselves as time travellers who have come back to study the past.

  • BuzzCoastin

    interesting that he retrieved McLuhan’s ideas about the invisibility of preset environments
    it will be another 200 years before most humans get Mac’s work

    despite all the disservices of the modern whirled
    the service of quickly available, useful information has revolutionized my life
    and enabled me to accomplish more and dream even larger dreams than before

  • BrianApocalypse

    The best example of this phenomenon I know of is the Videophone. They were one of the gee-whizz gadgets of science fiction for decades, and then they actually happened and most people barely noticed.

    Before they are materialised, it’s like these things act as signifiers of the future, something to lure us in to being excited enough to make it real, but when it actually happens it seamlessly blends with the reality around us. I think part of the reason is that these technologies in science fiction are always the backdrop to a far more exciting, transformed world, but in reality it’s still our world as it was before… with videophones.

    An appreciation of science fiction can go a long way to appreciating how ‘futuristic’ we have become. A daily glance at sci/tech news, viewed through a mental SF filter, can really highlight this.

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