OregonPEN, Vol. 3, No. 24 – 29 July 2017 – SF as Prophecy

In the late 1960s, British speculative fiction author John Brunner wrote two page-turner novels (The Sheep Look Up, and Stand on Zanzibar) as warnings that easily rank with 1984 and Brave New World for prophetic power and importance.  There has not been a week since the onset of the 21st Century that these two prescient novels have not seemed to have been turned into scripts.

Indeed, ProPublica, a vital new outlet for journalism for the public interest, recently ran an exposé demonstrating that, not only have we Americans ignored Brunner’s warnings we seem to have used them as instruction manuals.