Why is Science Fiction Going Back to the Near Future?

William Gibson says reality has become science fictional, and therefore all his science fiction is now set in the present day. Authors like Charles Stross and Margaret Atwood have followed suit, writing books set in the near-future. What is this obsession with near-future SF? We asked io9's muse, science fiction… » 1/10/08 1:30pm 1/10/08 1:30pm