In 2012 Graham Storrs wrote an article here where he asks the question “Why is science fiction dying?” According to Storrs, science fiction is in trouble in the literary marketplace. Not only is fantasy outselling SF by 3:1, he says, but also what is marketed as SF isn’t really that in a lot of cases. Instead of being real science-based SF, it’s mostly just fantasy in a science fictional setting. According to Storrs, there hasn’t been much in the way of innovation in SF since cyberpunk made its debut back in the 1980s, and writers are generally just rehashing old tropes. It’s another comment on the staleness of science fiction and how little creativity goes into projecting where scientific trends might take us, even in the near future.

Storrs links the fortunes of science and science fiction. He suggests that science fiction is in decline as a genre because of a change in how science is currently regarded in our society. At one time, science was regarded with something like awe. In the rosy 1950s, scientific research and development was seen as something that would make life better. However, recent political and economic trends have shown this most likely won’t happen. Although we do have marvels like the cellphone and space exploration, other scientific advances have only increased pressures from globalization, medical costs and climate change. According to Storrs, science itself is now regarded with hostility and suspicion–and science fiction is confused.