Who has the most realistic 'future'?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by QuarkforNagus, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Mister Fandango

    Mister Fandango Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2012
    Are you saying it isn't in a better place now than it was during Rome, Crete, the Mayans, the Toltecs, or Easter Island?
  2. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    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..
  3. Kelthaz

    Kelthaz Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 28, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    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.
  4. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    Mr. Laser Beam is in the visitor's bullpen
    Oh yes, people falling in love with their own computers' operating systems, which happen to talk and act like Scarlett Johansson? Very realistic, that. :guffaw: ;)

    I mean, I find Mac OS X easy to use, but I wouldn't want to marry it. :p
  5. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

    Oct 21, 2009
    ^ Shhh. You'll hurt its feelings.
  6. Runetouch

    Runetouch Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 22, 2014
  7. the G-man

    the G-man Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 22, 2010
    to your immediate right
    We have a winner.

    Mods, close this thread.

  8. jayceee

    jayceee Commander Red Shirt

    Dec 15, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014
  9. Sean_McCormick

    Sean_McCormick Captain Captain

    Aug 28, 2007
    The anime series Planetes.
  10. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    At best (if we're lucky):
    2001: A Space Odyssey (if you add sixty years to it).

    At worst (if we're screwed):
    The Road Warrior
  11. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
  12. TerraNovan

    TerraNovan Lieutenant Commander

    May 9, 2012
    Firefly, hands down.
  13. grendelsbayne

    grendelsbayne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 24, 2013
    There's been a lot of great suggestions in here, but I have to agree with Firefly. It makes the point that Human 'progress' is mainly technological, not ethical - people generally more or less stay the same with the exception of certain specific cultural trends that come and go. Also, it gives a real sense to the vast emptiness of the universe and the fairly high likelihood that, even though it is a near certainty that aliens exist somewhere, we may very well never be in a position to actually meet any.
  14. TerraNovan

    TerraNovan Lieutenant Commander

    May 9, 2012

    As someone that is on the autistic spectrum, I dont understand what people expect from your average human.

    I really think many sci fi writers have a poor understanding of the human condition.

    They also tend to see problems with behaviors such as group think. When it seems to be an entirely healthy part of the human consciousness.