The Missing Middle in Our Future

Interesting comments this morning from science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson (morning panel 6, about 00:01:20 in) as part of the launch of WorldWatch’s book State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? Addressing the question “Is it too late?” (the title of his closing essay in the book), he says our future has two possible directions – dystopia and utopia. He notes, “we’re at a moment of extremely high danger” but also that we’re a technologically advanced species with a fairly flexible and adaptable culture in which changes have happened rapidly several times in the past. Either way, he states: “It’s no longer possible to imagine muddling forward in an ordinary way … there is a missing middle in our imagination of the future.”

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