Science Fiction's predictions for the year 2012

We've all seen the predictions — both fictional and pseudoarcheological — that the world will end in 2012. But while some of science fiction's predictions for the year 2012 are apocalyptic, some are merely disastrous — and a few are downright upbeat. Let's see what triumphs and tribulations science fiction says we can… » 1/07/12 2:00pm 1/07/12 2:00pm

A Super-Optimistic History of the Near Future: It all works out okay,…

One of the biggest challenges in concocting an optimistic near-future setting is just figuring out how we're going to solve the environmental and economic challenges we're facing. Peak oil. Climate change. And so on. So reading Australian professor Peter C. Doherty's optimistic history of the world, as of 2050, is like … » 8/22/11 7:30am 8/22/11 7:30am