"Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen."
- The Emperor to Vader
Definition of the future:
Glad to see you again! You know me, right? I'm MC2! Here's the deal: we have seen many possible futures in science fiction. They range from the world's polar ice caps melting, to nuclear winters, to an exhausted planet sucked dry of all its resources. But not all futures are this morbid. We have seen the human race spread all over our galaxy, humans and aliens living in harmony together all over the universe. Which of these are likely? What other possible futures are there? Here Team18 tries to answer thase questions, as well as providing you with detailed information regarding the futures in our four SciFi series, and what they have to do with us.
It is very likely we will make some kind of breakthrough in our ability to travel through space sometime in the next 150 years. This would give us the ability to colonize other planets. Ultimately, our world will die. Whether it be in 100 years or 10,000 years, Earth will die. We will be forced to move to another planet then. So it's really just a matter of time. When we do, what will we discover? At what rate will we expand outward? I still find it amazing that we set foot on the moon six times (Apollo 11, 12, and 14-17) in 1969-1972, yet even with all of our modern technology, we haven't gone back since 1972. If we continue like this in the future, it could be a long time before a human is born and lives on another planet.
Then there is the issue of government. In almost all SciFi series you see at least a world government, if not a galactic one. In fact, the entire series of Foundation is about building a stronger government for the galaxy. It seems to be in our destiny to have everything standardized. Personally, I think everyone will be speaking American or English in 200 years, and it will seem the strangest things that on our planet we used to have multiple languages. Oh, yes, I think there will be accents for different areas, but not entirely different languages. This happens in Dune and Foundation, but in dune and Foundation, humans are the only species in our galaxy (actually, in Dune they are slight variations, but they seem to be mutations or something, not different species). A world government definitely seems to be in our future. It is much more stable and less prone to wars. Indeed, the only type of wars that can happen are civil wars. A very interesting possibility is that we would send a colonization party of to another planet, and they could rebel and form their own government. This seems pretty likely.
And, of course, what if we encounter aliens? Will we be ready? If they are friendly, we would probably benefit a lot from pooling our knowledge together. If they stumble upon us, I suppose they must have advanced enough technology to travel great distances. We could seriously benefit from that. But if they aren't friendly . . . Then we are in trouble. Hope that we have become advanced enough, smart enough, and generally a better race of homo-sapiens by the time we meet them. In fact, this is the theme of the entire last book in the Foundation series. Our main character decides that humankind is better of as one living organism. His reasoning is that if aliens from another galaxy come to attack us, they would try to turn humans against humans, creating discord among us. If humankind was one living organism, this could not happen. But this is all probably being discussed for nothing, because any race out there among the stars is probably as curious as we are about other creatures.