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When writing about the future, authors have three choices.  They can describe a world as hopeful and flawed as the present one.  They can create a more utopian world, where life is better and humans have solved some of their eternal problems.  Lastly, they can build a relative dystopia, where daily existence is a struggle […]

At first glance, they don’t have much in common.  One deals with the future, the other with the past.  One with alien civilizations and another with eminently familiar human ones.  One with advanced science, and the other with nothing more complex than saddle bags and .45 Colts. And yet, there is a lot of similarity, […]

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