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Old February 26 2014, 10:32 PM   #31
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

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When you think about the future, which television show, movie, and/or book is the most realistic? Why?


Three books by John Brunner stand out for me. "Stand on Zanzibar", "The Shockwave Rider" and "And the Sheep Look Up". They deal with aspects of the world we live in now, from overpopulation to information overload to safe food and water to computer hacking and antibiotic resistant diseases, all written in the '70s.


Sometimes it's really depressing to witness your fiction coming true.


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Old February 26 2014, 11:57 PM   #32
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Avatar if we ever learn how to traverse space quickly, minus the jungle fever.
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Old March 6 2014, 08:09 PM   #33
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Her has a lot of viable near-future elements in it.

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Old March 6 2014, 08:09 PM   #34
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I always like the portrayal of the future in DREDD.

But has nothing to do with reality...
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Old March 6 2014, 10:20 PM   #35
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

Terminator 2 (1991) did a great job of portraying the year 1995.
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Old March 7 2014, 11:40 AM   #36
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

Which one's the one where we all die as our molecules freeze to a dead stop, along with the rest of the universe, and we remain in that frigid state of death and undeath for the rest of eternity? Because that one.
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Old March 7 2014, 08:53 PM   #37
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

Sadly, I think WALL-E is the most realistic. Earth is a huge garbage heap, and the human race is so fat they need to sit on chairs attached to conveyer belts to go anywhere.
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Old March 7 2014, 09:31 PM   #38
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

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Star Trek, as Earth is largely portrayed. The future's only gotten better and better with each passing century. Don't see any reason that's going to change, especially if we ever develop a means of nearly infinite clean energy and the ability to replicate/produce food for everyone.

At worst, overpopulation will be a problem.
My thoughts exactly. The world is a better place right now than at any other point in history and things are only going to continue getting better.
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Old March 7 2014, 09:39 PM   #39
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Soylent Green.

Or Logan's Run.
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Old March 7 2014, 09:40 PM   #40
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

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Star Trek, as Earth is largely portrayed. The future's only gotten better and better with each passing century. Don't see any reason that's going to change, especially if we ever develop a means of nearly infinite clean energy and the ability to replicate/produce food for everyone.

At worst, overpopulation will be a problem.
My thoughts exactly. The world is a better place right now than at any other point in history and things are only going to continue getting better.
I wonder how many times a comment like that has been said in the past.
Rome?
Crete?
The Mayans?
Toltecs?
Easter Island?
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Old March 8 2014, 12:08 AM   #41
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Are you saying it isn't in a better place now than it was during Rome, Crete, the Mayans, the Toltecs, or Easter Island?
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Old March 8 2014, 12:13 AM   #42
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Are you saying it isn't in a better place now than it was during Rome, Crete, the Mayans, the Toltecs, or Easter Island?
I'm saying that people in those civilizations most likely said "thing have never been better than they are now and can only improve".
Just because you're standing at the top of a mountain does not mean you won't encounter any more valleys..
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Old March 8 2014, 01:32 AM   #43
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

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Are you saying it isn't in a better place now than it was during Rome, Crete, the Mayans, the Toltecs, or Easter Island?
I'm saying that people in those civilizations most likely said "thing have never been better than they are now and can only improve".
Just because you're standing at the top of a mountain does not mean you won't encounter any more valleys..
I never said there aren't valleys. Obviously there's a lot of shit going on in the world today and hundreds of millions of people are not going to have a happy ending, but overall humanity is and has always been trending upwards in regards to health, tolerance, peace, prosperity, and wealth.
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Re: Who has the most realistic 'future'?

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Her has a lot of viable near-future elements in it.
Oh yes, people falling in love with their own computers' operating systems, which happen to talk and act like Scarlett Johansson? Very realistic, that.

I mean, I find Mac OS X easy to use, but I wouldn't want to marry it.
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Old March 8 2014, 02:12 AM   #45
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^ Shhh. You'll hurt its feelings.
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