Ever since H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, the topic of time and our ability to interact with it has been at the forefront of science fiction.
Think if Wikipedia was a novel, or a Choose Your Own Adventure book existed online.
Its characters and events, while sinister, are plausible: an uncomfortable mirror to our own world.
Fanfiction, and literature on the internet in general, raises new sorts of questions about the pitfalls and possibilities of archiving. How do you save not just an artifact, but all the software and hardware that is needed to run it?
The book spins a vibrating tension between silken, lyrical imagery, and anxiety-inducing plot.
In the introduction to her groundbreaking sci-fi novel The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin rebukes the claim that science fiction is about the future. “Science fiction is not predictive,” she explains, “it is descriptive.”