In episode 80 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to chat about Near-Future Science Fiction.


Last time, we looked at the future as created by Science Fiction authors – most of that was a look at far-future SF. What about near-future SF? FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling and Passage by Connie Willis, are all examples of near-future SF.

What are some of your favorite near-future SF stories?

Do near-future SF stories have broader appeal versus far-future or hard SF?

Like fantasy novels, are they more accessible to the general reader? (or just perceived to be more accessible?)

This week’s panel:

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