Of course, we all know that science fiction—or speculative fiction, as in, fiction-of-what's-coming—is actually about the here-and-now, and the ultimate measure of a sci-fi narrative's density is its prescience. It's the only genre predicated on the power of ideas, and so the only comprehensible explanation for science fiction's lowly slot on the high-culture totem pole is that our mightiest tastemakers, still vividly remembering Flash Gordon, simply will not pay... More >>>