Science fiction is the art of taking what is known and extrapolating it into the future (or past, or space, or other dimensions. Whatever.)
And then seeing how humans adapt to it.
Space Travel, Computers, Mobile Phones, Satellites. Fiction turned into reality, or close enough. I just reluctantly gave up on my flip phone/Star Trek Communicator. It was obsolete. Old fashioned. It got laughed at.
Our computers aren’t up to SkyNet or even Colossus, but they are definitely impacting our lives. By and large positively.
The fiction based on the exaggerated potential to nuke ourselves back into the Dark Ages came quickly upon the heels of the first nuclear weapons. I don’t recall if the original Planet of the Apes involved genetic engineering, or not.
Rigged elections and loads of disenfranchised voters?
Heck, even I’ve written that one! I do not, however, expect it to be followed by a cross-dimensional invasion of Cyborgs. (That is not a challenge, 2021!)
It does bother me a little bit, the losing faction’s top levels sneaking out of the capital after veiled threats against their families, the top staff getting fired, other staff being warned from associating with them . . .
I really thought I was over the top. But brain chips might explain . . . No, no, that’s very definitely going too far for Real Life!
Now, some futures are fun. Well, the fictional worlds sounds fun. I don’t want John Ringo’s Posleen to invade, nor a future run by Sarah Hoyt’s Good Men. Although the shape changers are cool, especially if I was one.
And I’ve been infected with a silly thing that now has a retired Super Villain floating around in Space fighting Robot Squids while diverting the huge asteroid the squids rode in on. I think that future would be all right, although there are several references to wars between now and the story time. So, who ever’s steering the time line, please avoid that one.
Weber’s Honorverse seems like a really nice future to aim for.
Anything involving the Return of Magic, I can be pretty sure isn’t going to happen.
And I think we’re safe from the Zombie Apocalypse. Captain Tripps or other Super Deadly Plague? Eh, after last year, I’ve got to say the reaction’s as likely to kill us as the disease, and anything new and deadlier is in danger of not being taken seriously enough.