- Jan 24, 2017
Technology in and of itself, while important in science fiction (I wouldn't consider it sci fi unless it had advanced technology) isn't all that makes a sci fi novel. And honestly, Clarke is not that off the mark. It is still extremely difficult to fly to the moon and back, and so him only being twenty years off from the year we may go back isn't as bad as it seems.That has little to do with any authors ability to estimate the march of technology. The fall of the USSR and the rise of personal computers has more to do with why 2001 didn't come true than the pace of technology. Clarke couldn't predict how uninterested we would be in technological development.