Historical Trends in Science Fiction (chart-ified)

How far ahead is the future?

From the chart we can see that our sense, at least in literary science fiction, of when the future will happen has changed over the decades. There seems to have been a tendency to expect the future (in terms of technological developments, I’m assuming) to arrive relatively quickly following he advent of petrochemicals and plastics. And this trend seems to hold up all the way into the 90s.

For more on the data collation and other details, see the full article here

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