What sci-fi can tell us about the future

Tom Standage wrote a thought-provoking article about the feedback loop between science fiction and real world tech for The Economist. He happened to quote from an essay I wrote a few years back:

"Writing in Harvard Business Review in 2017, Eliot Peper, a novelist, argued that science fiction is valuable 'because it reframes our perspective on the world'. Business leaders should read sci-fi, he suggested, because exploring fictional futures 'frees our thinking from false constraints' and 'challenges us to wonder whether we’re even asking the right questions'."

You can read the original HBR piece here.

Complement with a reading guide for the building future, this podcast interview exploring how I wrote Borderless, and imagining new institutions for the internet age.


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Eliot Peper is the author of Breach, Borderless, Bandwidth, Cumulus, True Blue, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series. His writing has appeared in the Verge, Tor.comHarvard Business Review, VICE, OneZero, TechCrunch, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and he has given talks at Google, Comic Con, Future in Review, and SXSW.

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