Over at his blog Xeno Swarm (now in my blog list, you'll notice), philosopher Terence Blake, who writes regularly about science fiction, is doing a series of blog posts on my essay from 2008, "'The End of Science Fiction': A View of the Debate."
The site where I originally published the essay, The Fix, was of course shut down long ago, but you can check out the original article via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (through this link).
Of course, I've rethought quite a lot of the subject since then, one reason why rather than simply including the old article in the new edition of After the New Wave, I opted to include a new, original piece expanding on some of its concerns and dropping others instead, but the piece is there if you'd like to take a look (I, personally, find it interesting how these things hold up over time, or don't), and Blake's blogs are well worth checking out--not just Xeno Swarm, but Agent Swarm as well, which is different in tilt but covers many of the same issues.
Currently on the agenda at both: John Horgan's argument about The End of Science, which was part of my argument back in 2008, and is the more timely now because it got a new edition this year from Basic Books. (Twenty years, and it's still with us! How many books can you say that about?)
I can't say that my assessment of the work is a perfect match with Blake's. (I'm more inclined to an assumption of the existence of an objective reality that science is describing with increasing accuracy and comprehensiveness as it advances, even if that progress is not always tidy or beyond doubt; I even dare to hope that physicists will one day offer us GUT.) However, his exposition of Horgan's argument, and its implicit assumptions, seems to me irrefutable, and is strongly recommended to anyone concerned with this debate.
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