Friday, June 26, 2020

Overheard at Booth 3: 21 Century

"Look," said my grandfather, "when I was a kid growing up in the 50s and 60s we read all sorts of sci-fi ... Asimov, Heinlein, Arthur C Clarke.   I had every magazine - Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, all of those ... and lemme tellya, each and every one of them promised we'd have flying cars and transporters by the 21st century.  We'd have outposts on the moon, and we'd have tourist trips through the rings of Saturn.

"...'bout the only thing that came real was cellphones so that we can, sure, talk to anyone else, anywhere on the planet.  But without all that other stuff, there really isn't much to talk about except the same old business of war, poverty, injustice and 'hows the weather'!

"... I gotta say, overall, the 21st Century has turned out to be a major disappointment."

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