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Old February 1 2009, 10:42 AM   #31
Nardpuncher
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Re: The Far Future

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I'm rereading Dune and I believe it's set about 20,000 years in the future. That adds wonderfully to the story for me.
Why? There are some basic constraints, like not setting a novel about the heat death of the universe in the 2250s, or a novel about the first expedition to Alpha Centauri in 2020, but for most works the period could've been chosen by throwing darts at a spreadsheet. Many SF works, most famously 2001, depict futures that are now in our past. Doesn't mean much. Certainly there's nothing in Dune that makes 20,000 years a more or less credible number than 5,000 years or 50,000 years.
I don't quite get what you're saying. I just liked that Dune was set quite far in the future.
I've seen more TV/movies than I've read pure sci-fi so I'm more used to stuff being set in the 3rd millenium.
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