How Has Science Fiction Changed Over the Decades?

Where has sci-fi been, and where is it going?

10. 2. 16 by Daniel Barker

Science fiction has shown itself as an outlet for predicting the future. But watch and read enough sci-fi from different eras, and you might notice a generational difference in how we told these stories. The difference isn’t just in science and technology.

Science fiction from the golden age of sci-fi in the ’50s and ’60s seems to have an optimistic angle on the future. More recent science fiction seems to be a little more dystopia and bleak…Why?

This is part two of a two-part series. Listen to the first part here. 

This episode contains explicit language.


Uncertainty Principle is a podcast by Daniel James Barker.

This episode features science fiction podcaster Dean Martin, whose podcast you can find at

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