Let’s take a break with some tech-adjacent work: favorite author Neal Stephenson talks science, sci-fi and IT and why apocalyptic fiction has taken such a dismal turn.
In the 1950s we could see that we have a rocket and if we build a bigger rocket, we could go to the Moon. But with advances in nanotechnology and IT, there are many imponderable outcomes. It is easier to predict a gloomy one. But that has led to lazy, derivative, predictable stories, especially on television and in movies.”