What Will Fantasy Be Like In 100 Years?

It's easy to imagine how science fiction will change over time. As new frontiers of technology are explored, what used to be fiction becomes reality and new possibilities emerge. Fantasy, generally, looks toward feudal Europe for inspiration-- swords, knights, dragons and mythical creatures.

Fantasy, for better or worse, is a language of archetypes inspired by mythology. But nothing is timeless in the creative arts. We read new books because they speak to contemporary issues or help us escape from them.

In a hundred years Urban/Paranormal fantasy will be regular fantasy. The times we're living in will be in the realm of historical fiction.

Our mistakes will haunt our legacy. How will history judge us? The world will be very different in terms of climate and resources-- this century will be something of a golden age, yet also blamed for the problematic ecological conditions over the 21st century. I think themes of environmental destruction will be prominent in literature.

Overpopulation will have an impact on writing. I think it's already starting. Our fascination with zombies reflects our fear of populations reproducing out of control. Not sure what this means for fantasy per se, but writers will have to address it in some way (if not to describe worlds where there is undeveloped woodlands).

People will look to fantasy as a means to reconnect to nature. There will be less unspoiled natural landscapes but people will still desire a connection to it.

Games will be a primary medium for fantasy. It may not be a huge genre in literature but it is pretty much every major MMO. AI, virtual reality and computer functionality will make designing interactive stories much easier. Games will be cool with immersive graphics..

People will still read books. I don't see them going away. Not even print books. 3d printing could make on demand publishing super simple at home. Or there could be a book like e-reader device that looks like a book with on demand content.

The classics will be replaced by new classics. Maybe Tolkein will still be around along with some seminal works. For speculative fiction it's almost impossible to tell what will last.

How about you? Any thoughts on the future?


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