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June 1st, 2008, 07:26
That's true, much of the modern technology around has made much of that classic stuff out of date. I think this is why William Gibson became so popular with his Cyberpunk novels. It was a serious update that the genre needed and by focussing the stories on the near future it became more relevant, although it could make serious blunders like the silly concept of government by private corporation. The recession of the early 90's put that idea to rest and dated the style.

Works of Aldus Huxley and Bester are so ahead of their time its shocking. They could have been written today, or 10 years ago at the latest. Bradbury stays relevant because his themes are universal and are almost nostalgic. He wrote stories in the future that seems like he's writing about the past.
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