For my reading pleasure this week I’ve been enjoying the delights of Beyond Tomorrow, a sci-fi short story collection with an author list so fantastic that the only way they could make it better would be by time travelling back to kidnap Mary Shelley.
With its original publication in 1965, Beyond Tomorrow, is an exploration of the future by literary titans such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. But with its discussion on the future, it was the delight of the foreword which I enjoyed the most.
“The one simple idea – that the future will be different – used to make science fiction unacceptable to most people… I take this to be a temporary state of affairs, though it has been going on for about a century; you can’t make change go away by turning your back on it, and sooner or later, as a culture, we must find that out.”
So, 52 years on, seems we writers still have a lot of work to do. On the bright side, we’ve stopped using asbestos in our space suits like the first short story implies. So that’s a bonus.