Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel says science fiction has "collapsed"

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Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, is known for his extreme views on everything from taxes (there shouldn't be any) and women's suffrage (it never should have happened). He's also a starry-eyed libertarian futurist who has invested heavily in the seasteader movement, which wants to create floating cities in the ocean outside national boundaries.

In a recent New Yorker profile, he opined that science fiction has collapsed:

One way you can describe the collapse of the idea of the future is the collapse of science fiction. Now it's either about technology that doesn't work or about technology that's used in bad ways. The anthology of the top twenty-five sci-fi stories in 1970 was, like, ‘Me and my friend the robot went for a walk on the moon,' and in 2008 it was, like, ‘The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy, and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.'


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