The BBC talks to Alastair Reynolds (The Prefect) about whether current technology has out-paced science fiction:
The common complaint now is that science fiction is already outmoded because we are living in a science fiction universe,” says Mr Reynolds. “I’ve got some sympathy with that. Only the other day I was in Amsterdam airport and I noticed security guards nipping around on Segways with machine guns.
“If you had been transported from 1997 into this year, you would be incredulous and think of it as science fiction.
“But we accept it as part of the fabric of our world.”
Mr Reynolds believes that the pace of change makes science fiction essential reading, now more than ever.