Posted by: kshayes513 | July 17, 2010

Rudy Rucker’s New Futures in SF

Author, artist & smart guy Rudy Rucker and pear. Photo: Georgia Rucker

SF author Rudy Rucker has been thinking about the future of science fiction itself.  He talks about a reluctance he’s been seeing among some fans and authors, to allow science fiction to grow away from “traditional” themes and story tropes such as aliens, spaceships, and new technology.  His response, on his blog in 2008, and now in his Guest of Honor speech at Westercon 63 on July 4,  is to come up with a list of New Futures in SF, a dozen or so themes to push the story envelope way beyond aliens, space travel, and artificial intelligence.

Any one of these ideas would be a solid foundation for science fictional worldbuilding. For even more fun, you might try combining a couple. My personal favorites:

1. Einstein-Rosen bridges, aka Magic Doors to other worlds. The fairy folk have been using these since time immemorial to go between our world and theirs. Who knew they were so good at Einsteinian physics?

2. The subdimensions that might exist in the subatomic world. Yes, Dr Seuss was writing SF when he produced Horton Hears a Who!

Here’s Mr Rucker’s original blog post: Fresh SF Futures I

And here’s the text of his Westercon speech, as posted on his blog last week: New Futures in SF II

Take a look at both versions, as they’re different even in regard to some of the themes mentioned.

And be sure to stick around for the comments on these posts as well. Mr Rucker’s audience is very smart and their comments are rich with ideas, debate and reading suggestions.

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