Sunday, June 12, 2005

In lieu of Accelerando ...

... I give you the next best thing: Stross' worldbuilding notes for it. Interesting reading; gives an idea of both how much thought goes into such ideadense work and of Stross' creative process.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Hannibal Tabu said...

As much as I appreciate the effort, and as much as I appreciate the scientific value, looking that far ahead is just a bad bet.

The personal computer could not have been envisioned by even the most gifted futurists of the past. Race relations are solved in science fiction by ignoring it or not having people of color, except as garnish and or placated assistants. The one thing I think is missing here, that Douglas Adams of all people had down pat, is that you can't take any of it that seriously if you're looking that far afield from right now.

Even planning -- and you know my work, Chinedum -- as far ahead as I do, I _purposely_ froze certain developments at a certain level for story reasons of control for my arguable protagonist and for metatextual reasons of control, allowing me to still stay with the material.

I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying throw a quantum pie now and then, just to keep yourself humble. Interesting stuff in the link.

2:17 AM  
Blogger razorsmile said...

Ah, I'd almost forgotten you actually read this stuff >8^D

I may be irritated at him for this but it doesn't take away from the story itself. "Lobsters" is the first chapter and, if you haven't read it yet, will have your brain leaking out of your ears.

On race relations, you're ... unreservedly right. But there are rare cases like Elizabeth Bear's "Hammered". Very good book.

As for futurism, doesn't matter. In scifi, I doubt anyone gets it completely right or completely wrong. I think trying to predict real life fictionally would be rather limiting anyway; just put together a self-consistent vision and run with it.

11:32 AM  

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