What is wrong with science fiction today is that its outlook on the future has changed; or rather, has never existed in a rational sense.
How can science fiction have any rational outlook on the future when today exists the greatest confusion in world affairs since the dawn of recorded history?
WHAT IS IMPORTANT to us is what science fiction is going to do about it.
Science fiction has to do something about it because its very life is bound up with the future and today practical events are working to shape the outline of that future in bold, sharp relief.
Today we are face to face, FACE TO FACE, I repeat, with the choice: CIVILIZATION or BARBARISM — reason or ignorance.
HA HA HA. So funny! He says “gas the jews” and the dog delivers a Nazi Salute. So funny. Not.
Air Wonder Stories – Gernsback’s third SF magazine (follows Science Wonder Stories and Amazing Stories) gets a reprint
Cool Moon Lamp (in three sizes!)
If the genre wasn’t attempting to make a statement about the uses of technology and scientific advancement for building a positive, anti-fascist, and pro-revolutionary future, then it wasn’t worth reading, much less writing or publishing. In contrast to today’s Sad and Rabid Puppies, #GamerGaters, and #MAGAlytes, who regard the politics of social justice as detrimental to society, the Futurians sought to forge new futures by committing the SFF community to overturning inequality and oppression.
Uranus Smells (it’s scientific!)
More in the “applied” realm: Cops and Truckers have been using this technique for years
Rescue Bots No, it isn’t a Saturday morning kids show (Paywall)
Beware the Exploding Ant (Paywall)
Human Evolution in Action (Paywall)