I was taking the long view of science fiction over the centuries (yes, I know I do crazy things like this from time to time) and decided to do some doodling to see if I could see a pattern or categorise my thoughts. The result is the diagram below (please excuse my imperfections in the diagram – this was not done on any super-app). Remember this is science fiction we are talking about here – not fantasy of pseudo-fantasy such as cheap faster-than-light travel or time travel or steampunk or etc etc etc
As you can see I’ve put the oldest themes in the centre (up to c. 1900) in the blue circle. Think of the Jason and the Argonauts, Jules Verne’s novels for the journeys. Think of Frankenstein, some of H G Well’s novels before 1900. Last century (again roughly speaking) in the green ring. I’ll leave you to sort your favourite novels into which ever quadrant. There’s more than plenty to choose form. Yes there are novels that mix and match the themes, but they are not as frequent as you might first suppose.
The outermost yellow ring is for the here and now and into the future. Strangely enough I was rather stuck about what to put in it.
Yes I have some ideas from novels and short stories I’ve read, but to date they are all variations or slight extensions to one or more of the themes in the picture. So does anyone have any ideas what to put in the yellow circle?