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I was watching DS9 last night and the episode Past Tense came up.

It’s set in 2024, 13 years from now, which is normally an opportunity for lulz, as predictions of 20 years in the future are often hilariously inept.

But imagine my surprise. It’s actually extremely plausible. The economy is in permanent collapse and all the jobless and hopeless live in enforced Sancturary Districts (which is most people) while the ultra-rich live decadent lives manipulating multinational economies and ignoring the situation. They even did a decent job with fashion–Dax is all steampunked out.

The Sanctuary Districts look eerily like the Occupy Wall Street camps around the country. It’s as if someone decided to Deal with the Problem and just put up walls around them. Which could happen, for serious, if it goes on long enough. If enough of the 1% get fed up with their commutes being disrupted. The tents and young people and the character planning for a demonstration telling everyone to bring their kids and look their best because no one listens to derelicts really struck me hard. Supposedly a series of riots will bring the awfulness to the fore and ignite enough rage to finally solve the social problems in future!America and lay the path for Federation style post-scarcity.

I was impressed. In my cynical current attitude, the only thing I don’t buy is that we’re only 13 years from things turning around.

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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Isn't "Metropolis" by Friz Lang set up for roughly the same year?

Is that the one with the Bell Riots? Because those have been on my mind with the whole OWS thing.

Wow, I googled some images and the clothes do look remarkably steampunk.

Supposedly a series of riots will bring the awfulness to the fore and ignite enough rage to finally solve the social problems in future!America and lay the path for Federation style post-scarcity

Of course, in ST chronology, a nuclear World War III and some serious genocide happened a couple of decades after these episodes, which makes the whole thing extra grim.

They seem to have forgotten that part for this episode.

I JUST finished watching part 1 of that! Like... it finished up on Netflix and then I logged onto LJ to see what was going on.

Partner and I were discussing how it seemed not too far off for a vision of the future.

I remember reading Katharine Kerr's book Freeze Frames in about 2005, ten years after it was written, and feeling the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. A lot of it was all about fossil fuel depletion/shortages, economic collapse, the de-unification of the United States, and so on. It felt very plausible, and very prophetic. I don't know if I'd get the same kind of reaction if I read it now, but it certainly made an impression then.

I read Brunners _The Sheep Look Up_ a few years ago and I had a lot of moments where I had a hard time believing it had not been written in the 2000s. It made a grim book even grimmer.

Edited at 2011-10-28 10:04 pm (UTC)

I was even more impressed/troubled by the prophetic season 4 two-parter "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost."

I've been volunteering for Occupy Atlanta and it is consuming my every waking moment, pretty much.

I'm not sure I can even explain what is happening, except to say that I've been interviewed by Forbes and the New York Times and would have gotten arrested with a state senator if I hadn't gotten sick and those things now seem normal to me. Also you kind of know that politicians and the newspapers are lying to you but it's quite an education to see how pervasive and calculated it is. I'm angry, disheartened, and ecstatic at least once each per day.

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