There seems to be this implicit assumption in scifi that mankind will either catapult into pedosingularity within a thousand years or die off from nuclear war or pollution within a hundred. There is no accounting for the at least equally likely outcome that nothing interesting will happen and postindustrial liberal democracy will largely rule the world for hundreds of millions of years. The world stagnating at a high level, in other words.

Any novel set in the present time could be set a hundred million years from now, with a few names and places changed, and it would be equally plausible.

To write such a novel would be even more boring than my posts.


Mercier's L'An 2440, rĂªve s'il en fut jamais (literally, "The Year 2440: A Dream If Ever There Was One"; translated into English as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred) is a utopian novel set in the year 2440. An extremely popular work (it went through twenty-five editions after its first appearance in 1771), the work describes the adventures of an unnamed man, who, after engaging in a heated discussion with a philosopher friend about the injustices of Paris, falls asleep and finds himself in a Paris of the future. Darnton writes that "despite its self-proclaimed character of fantasy...L'An 2440 demanded to be read as a serious guidebook to the future. It offered an astonishing new perspective: the future as a fait accompli and the present as a distant past. Who could resist the temptation to participate in such a thought experiment? And once engaged in it, who could fail to see that it exposed the rottenness of the society before his eyes, the Paris of the eighteenth century?"
Mercier's hero notes everything that catches his fancy in this futuristic Paris. Public space and the justice system have been reorganized. Its citizens' garb is comfortable and practical. Hospitals are effective and based on science. There are no monks, priests, prostitutes, beggars, dancing masters, pastry chefs, standing armies, slavery, arbitrary arrest, taxes, guilds, foreign trade, coffee, tea or tobacco and all useless and immoral previously-written literature has been destroyed.
Mercier's future is not wholly utopian. The extremes of wealth and poverty have been abolished; nevertheless, the poor still exist. There is little economic development and the population of France has only increased by 50%.


It's basically what he thought Rousseau's Republic of Virtue would look like and then, well, there was that whole French Revolution that happened less than two decades later...
looks like somebody hasnt seen Cloud Atlas

Superabound, it's awkward to be halalzoned alone.

Lucille posted:

Superabound, it's awkward to be halalzoned alone.

thats a feature, not a bug

Cyberpunk is basically the present but with terrible fashion sense.