Seeing through science fiction

Warren Ellis offers fine advice to futurists.  The key is to look at the present through a speculative rear-view mirror, as though it were science fiction.  Which it often is.

[Y]ou are all now present at a séance for the future. We are summoning it into the present. It’s here right now. It’s in the room with us. We live in the future. We live in the Science Fiction Condition, where we can see under atoms and across the world and across the methane lakes of Titan.

I hope to hear or watch the talk itself.  The language is rich with shifts and pauses.

(photo by Pop Culture Geek)

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