Tomorrow Through the Past

Themes:
WritingReadingLiterature
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Panel
When:
Thursday Aug 16   04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (1 hour)
Tags:
historywriting
From Asimov's Foundation to Palmer's Terra Ignota, writers have been using examples from history to worldbuild the future, whether it's putting the Napoleonic Wars or Vietnam in space or re-enacting the settlement of the American west on other planets. Ken MacLeod  has said "history is the trade secret of science fiction." Why do we have this compulsion to re-enact the past when thinking about the future, and what are some of the advantages of doing it?
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