Saturday, April 30, 2011
Writing the Future
What prompted me to post however, had been a particular incident. A man uses a teleportation tube of some sort, phazing in like he's being reconfigured atom-wise (which, by the way, Star Trek borrowed for their transporters) to hand in a report to a head honcho. It got me to thinking... Interesting that in this ultra-futuristic 25th Century they don't have a way to send a report without a person hand delivering it. They do have communication devices (like a future phone/intercom) though. Sure, it could be the case that the reports are very secret or something and they need to be handled in person. But in this part of the story that didn't seem to apply.
Obviously the writers didn't think up something like a fax machine, or even a text message. I don't mean that as a slam or an admonishment. There's no reason they should of conceived of them. They had enough to dream up, no?
That's the part that got me thinking. It's often the storyteller's job to invent the future. Suppose the writers had thought of data pads and wireless transfer of information. They might have planted the seed for us having them today. For as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells have demonstrated, tales of the fantastic will give rise to reality.
Stories don't just entertain, they inspire.