I'm a big believer in synchronicity, especially within reading. Fredric Jameson has an excellent essay in the New Left Review (#23, Sep/Oct 2003) on William Gibson and sci-fi writing in general. The closest I've ever come to reading sci-fi has been the Tolkien series of books when I was twelve (and which I still love). But last night's reading and Jameson's comments on sci-fi have caught my attention:
"In any case, the representational apparatus of Science Fiction, having gone through innumerable generations of technological development and well-nigh viral mutation since the onset of that movement, is sending back more reliable information about the contemporary world than an exhausted realism (or an exhausted modernism either)."