Out of sheer interest I did a quick bar chart of the themes that Daily Science Fiction are publishing (as they kindly put their numbers up on their website).
To me this kind of backs up what I’ve been saying about science fiction themes in previous posts. Future Societies is second and is to me the main home of progressive science fiction i.e. trying to comment on what the future might be like.
The first is aliens. But that strangely also fits into the progressive science fiction mould in that aliens are mainly variations of humans. The writer is trying to work out how a slightly different human would fit into a normal human society.
The third is computers and robots. Well we are kind of getting to live with them now. They will develop in the future and in a sense the computers and robots could be a significant subset of Future Societies.
Space Travel, Other Worlds Time Travel and Disaster appear about halfway, while Superhero is towards the tail end. Whilst these themes are good entertainment, they are not progressive science fiction. Altogether these numbers back up my view that they are not the top themes that interest readers.
So I’m puzzled as to why we are not seeing more of progressive science fiction themes being published in the novels.