In the beginning, life was hard. We needed escape and therefore we wrote:
As fiction evolved, we added human symbolism to our escapism and we wrote:
Escapism with Allegory
Escapism helped to “take us away” and allegory helped us learn something while we were there. This felt necessary. It felt sufficient. But, life was inclined to change. Times got tough. We reverted back. Again, we just wanted our:
At this point, some writers thought all was lost, but times changed. Science appeared. Predictions were in order. And the results of some of those predictions were far off and majestic—like a sunset. Hence the Golden Age of science fiction. Hence:
Escapism with Allegory and Prediction
We liked our predictions. Most of them were rosy and unlikely and, at times, elitist—however, they were decent guesses. We made a lot of guesses, actually; so many, as it turned out, that it became hard to make original guesses to fuel our fiction. Meanwhile, the rate of technological advances continued to increase at an astounding clip—so much so, that life became confusing; confusing enough to revert all our writings back again to:
This was not good. Never in human history was fiction needed so dearly nor was the competition for people’s entertainment so fierce. There was this new kid on the block, Video Games, and, well, quite frankly, what was needed was a new kind of fiction, altogether.
And yet predictions about the future were no longer practical nor were they necessary since the light-speed, fiberoptic pace of the present was already much too complex for anyone to grasp. What was needed was:
Escapism with Allegory and Techno-Allegory
Techno-allegory? We wondered if symbolism should be employed to describe the current state of technology? Should science fiction give way to the new paradigm of science now? Writers were nervous about dedicating short stories or even whole novels to current technologies. What if the writings came out and the technology they wrote about was obsolete? Better to continue writing about the past.
But people didn’t care about the past anymore! They wanted news! They wanted information! Nonfiction was eating fiction’s lunch!
Then came the ebook. It became a lot easier to publish stories quickly and write about rapidly changing technologies. Things were beginning to look up again for readers…