Welcome to 'Blade Runner' year, now where are my damn off-world colonies

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The confetti has been swept up, the hangovers have almost faded, and there is nothing before us now but huge swathes of 2019. 

Which is, as any nerd knows, the year in which the 1982 classic Blade Runner officially took place. And whatever else may happen in this likely very insane year, it’s safe to say that we have utterly failed to live up to the future we imagined back then.

Oh, sure, we created a generalized dystopian atmosphere of despair. That part was easy; we were already well on our way to crumbling infrastructure and rising inequality in the 1980s. The fact that the movie (sort of) predicted an out-of-control climate is no big whoop either; anyone working at an oil company or paying attention to scientific literature back then knew global warming was about to be a thing.  Read more…

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Welcome to 'Blade Runner' year, now where are my damn off-world colonies