Science fiction special: The future of a genre

2017-12-15 03:00:02

By Alison George Science fiction is all about the future, but what does the future hold for science fiction? These days, science can be stranger than science fiction, and mainstream literature is increasingly futuristic and speculative. So are the genre’s days numbered? We asked six leading writers for their thoughts on the future of science fiction, including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson. Plus, we review the latest sci-fi novels, highlight the writers to watch and reveal the results our poll of your all-time favourite sci-fi films and books. Is science fiction dying, asks Marcus Chown What does the future hold for the genre of science fiction? We asked six leading writers: Margaret Atwood Stephen Baxter William Gibson Ursula K Le Guin Kim Stanley Robinson Nick Sagan Anathem by Neal Stephenson – including an exclusive video interview with Stephenson The Last Theorem by Arthur C Clarke and Frederik Pohl City at the End of Time by Greg Bear Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross Incandescence by Greg Egan Plus: The best of the rest – including an exclusive video interview with Brian Greene Who are the hot new writers to watch out for? Read the results of our readers’ poll See all the votes in the film poll See all the votes in the book poll Find out New Scientist‘s favourite sci-fi: New Scientist staffers’ favourite (and most hated) sci-fi films New Scientist staffers’ favourite (and most-difficult-to-understand) sci-fi books More on these topics: