I’ve often written that science fiction doesn’t try to predict the future but rather offers a significant distortion of the present. And what I mean is that a lot of people, when they hear the words science fiction, the first thing they assume is that this is a story or novel that’s going to tell them what’s going to happen sometime tomorrow or the day after. And I just don’t think that’s what science fiction writers are really interested in doing. I think we sit around and we look at what we see around us, and we say, “How could the world be different?”

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany in John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History (1996), 31:00.

Bryce Wilner