[T]here are no end of reasons to have hope for tomorrow. Biotechnology and genetic research offer fantastic advances in medicine, yet their portrayal in science fiction is typified by the gloom of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. The internet is already democratising many new areas of society, but our political future is still most commonly depicted as one flavour of Big Brother dystopia or another. Environmental or economic collapse might plunge us all headlong into the apocalypic future of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, or we might respond to them with intelligence and ingenuity and take the opportunity to find better ways of living. To look at the infinite possibilities of the future and see only darkness is a failure of imagination.The op-ed slams to a halt just before Walter is faced with the necessity of suggesting ways in which science fiction could present a more optimistic view of the future, other than vague hand-waving about how the internet is making everything more democratic. (Obama is on Facebook!) Oh, and we're making advances in medicine. Yay! To be fair, now that Walter has pointed out the problem, it's up to the legion of well-scrubbed, optimistic science fiction writers with good dental hygiene to roll up their sleeves and find a solution. Okay then. Here are a few ideas.