And you thought they were just poets

Sya discloses the setting of her November NaNoWriMo novel:

Well, think of the 1970s western lifestyle and its design aesthetic (or lack thereof). Now put that into space. Yep. Put on your shades cause there’s going to be sparkly uniforms, mustachioed aliens, shag-carpeted captain’s chairs, and Vogon-grade disco dancing for good measure.

Which, now that I think about it, is probably not too different from the way we’d have seen Star Trek, the Original Series, had it not been picked up until 1973 or so. By then, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Chair, for instance, would have been deemed Old Hat and no longer usable as a stand-in for an artifact from the future.

Speaking of the future:

I suspect the future will be at the same time as banal as today and something so different that we cannot even yet imagine.

Perhaps there’s a Law of Conservation of Banality, and the quantity in the universe remains more or less constant despite our best efforts.


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