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Exploring the Used Future Trope in Science Fiction

In Praise of a Broken Future I’ve always loved science fiction where the technology is simultaneously amazing and a piece of junk.  Give me interstellar spaceships that are so rusty and worn out that they barely make the journey, robots and computers that need a little “percussive maintenance” to make them work, and groundbreaking gadgets that could change the world, …

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