When I first started reading pulp sci-fi (at a slightly younger age than Gil), I didn’t quite comprehend that stories set in the future were entirely made-up; I figured if a book set in 1750 was based on a true story that happened, then a book set in 2050 was about true stuff that was gonna happen.
I figured out I was wrong about that fairly quickly, when encountering sci-fi stories with wildly varying future ‘histories’.
Ah, the way the future was.
Love the fact you can get many of the old SF on kindle for cheap. Not all of it is stellar(pun intended), but they are interesting in an historical sense.
Maybe they had flying cars in 1989, Gil; you just weren’t around to see them, then!
There’s a blogger who has an occasional feature called Young People Read Old SF, in which young people read classic stories, 50+ years after their publication date.
As you’d expect a lot of those stories don’t stand the test of time. Wooden characters, crappy dialogue, outdated social ideas.
Troy would do better by giving Gil something recent, and more relevant. Then, if Gil is interested when he grows up(1), he can pursue the “classics” on his own.
(1) A cartoon character growing up? When does that happen?!?(2)
(2) Aside from For Better or For Worse, or Gasoline Alley, that is. And FBoFW hit the reset button ages ago, and the kids are kids again.
The FAA stops flying cars.
“2001 a Space Odyssey”?
Robert A Heinlein’s “Door Into Summer” was placed in th far off 1970"s. It is still a good read and is intresting in how he described computer aided drafting yet still miss what actually came about.