Do Science Fiction Writers Create the Future?

When it comes to science fiction, there is nothing more frightening than the dystopian futures that writers describe vividly in their novels. Worlds filled with terror, in lawless societies with no power, food, medicines, emergency services and many other extreme hardships for people to endure. We watch or read these stories for the surge in adrenalin and to empathise with a set of believable characters who we can identify with.

Every fictional situation seems to stem from the products of human greed and profligacy; global financial services crashed…