Social Science Fiction?

The Baileys (
Sun, 14 Mar 1999 19:14:49 -0500

While I've been impressed by the host of authors that have attempted to extrapolate current trends in science in technology to write books couched in science fiction, I've noticed a paucity of books that attempt to extrapolate on social systems. Many great "hard" science fiction novels appear to be set in a far future with social systems that are essentially the same as the ones we see today or have seen in the past. I suspect this is a product of most good "hard" science fiction writers not being extremely versed in sociology, economics, and political science. Anyone know of examples of writing that attempt to extrapolate both the science and the technology along with their effects on society to produce novel and innovative social systems?

Doug Bailey