The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 156): Panel: Are Optimistic SF Stories Gone Forever?

In episode 156 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a group of SF Signal folks to discuss: Are optimistic SF stories gone forever?

We’ve discussed this before, but, I still wonder – with so much dystopian and apocalyptic future sf out there, is the idea of a positive future gone forever? Is this just a trend? Will we see the cycle come back around to positive futures again? Soon?

This week’s panel:

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4 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 156): Panel: Are Optimistic SF Stories Gone Forever?”

  1. The setting of the Left Hand of Darkness was very depressing but ultimately the conclusion is optimistic.

    Derek Johnson’s comments of the “current situation” do depress me. Global Warming (ie the government is not doing enough) and NASA being underfunded (again government is not doing enough). When the state of the state not doing stuff is your gauge and the government is currently larger then it has ever been then I have to say you will never be happy until we are under complete tyranny. Further wishing for the state to win pretty much eliminates any story about liberation…taking away a huge chunk of potential optimistic stories.

  2. “Every single civilization has had a doomsday scenario.”

    Technically all civilizations that existed before the one we live in now did go through a doomsday scenario…

    If they hadn’t they would still be around.

  3. Even in the utopian future of Star Trek there is conflict but at least it proposes that we can actually do something about it (on a macro scale) rather than simply be bystander victims.

  4. There’s too much steampunk too. I wish that would run out of steam.

    Joan Slonczewski is the answer to all your questions. Female optimistic hard sf writer. At least I think so. I haven’t finished The Highest Frontier yet.

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