Tuesday, 18 July 2006

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Until The Recent Future, That Is A sentence from an article I'm reading: This would be like saying that there are no other planets outside the solar system, because we did not (until recently) have powerful enough telescopes to observe them ... Near as I can tell, that discovery happened in 2002, four years after the article appeared. The author banked that people would be reading his book around 2002 and won. But what happens to that parenthetical "until recently" as the book ages? How will readers in 3018—seventeen years after first contact—react to it? What will they make of our 21st Century gambles? In order to appease whatever sense of humor their nanorganic hive-mind assemblages retain, I'll be larding my work with conjectures likely to be true by the time a member of the collective distributes its photonitelepathic imprint. I'll start by slipping in references inspired by current events: This would be like saying that people could still live in Lebanon, because (until recently) it had houses and an infrastructure ... I'll exhaust near-future history quickly. (Ain't to0 much important happening right now.) Then the fun'll start: This would be like saying that no clone of Thomas Jefferson could ever become President, because (until recently) the Supreme Court had not decided that the 22nd Amendment only applied to the original ... This would be like saying that no colony of human-Qiso'Jovian hybrids could successfully invade a HumaCorp-controlled planet, because (until recently) none had TelePortal™ technology capable of penetrating a military-grade ImpeneDome™ ... This would be like saying that Jesus would never return again, because (until recently) no one believed He would also incarnate in non-photonitelepathic space ... I still have oodles of future history to cover—not to mention chapters to write—so consider The Suggestion Box officially open.

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