Lou Anders is the Editorial Director of Pyr, one of the hottest sci-fi and fantasy book imprints. It was a conversation I had with him at Orycon that inspired me to ask whether Fantasy is the New Science Fiction a few weeks back.
Here he is talking to Chip Design magazine about the relationships between Science Fiction and technology.
We have only scraped the surface of genetic engineering. I remember reading somewhere that there is a 60-year cycle from the invention of the technology and the revolutionizing of the world by that technology. We build the first computers and they are giant things that take up whole suites of business building. Now, 60 years later, they have become miniaturized and everyone has one on their watch. Genetic engineering is not yet 50 years old. At some point in the near future we’ll have a genetic revolution that will be equivalent to the computer revolution. Right now we’re at the stage where transistors are so cheap that you can buy a birthday card that players music and then throw it away! That will happen with genetic engineering.
Lot’s more thought-provoking stuff on the other side of the link.