Alec Nevala-Lee

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Peter Thiel on the state of modern science fiction

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One way you can describe the collapse of the idea of the future is the collapse of science fiction. Now it’s either about technology that doesn’t work or about technology that’s used in bad ways. The anthology of the top twenty-five sci-fi stories in 1970 was, like, “Me and my friend the robot went for a walk on the moon,” and in 2008 it was, like, “The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.”

Peter Thiel, quoted in The New Yorker

Written by nevalalee

December 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

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  1. “The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.” That sounds a bit like Star Wars!

    Nathan

    December 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  2. And Star Wars is Thiel’s favorite movie!

    nevalalee

    December 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm


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