Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Seven top too-good-to-be-true tech stories

James Folta is a writer and the managing editor of Points in Case. He co-writes the weekly Newsletter of Humorous Writing.

At Lit Hub he tagged seven titles that "feature technology that’s not ready for primetime." One entry on the list:
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Like so much tech these days, Crichton’s next big vacation destination turns out to be an utter disaster. When I first read this as a kid, it was boggling to me that no one imagined how it might be difficult to contain creatures that are famous for being huge. But having lived through a number of highly lauded tech innovations that have blazed ahead only to bump up against obvious pitfalls, Jurassic Park makes more sense now.

Hard to look back on Crichton’s stuff as predictive, though, knowing that he spent much of his later public life claiming that climate change wasn’t humans’ fault.
Read about another title on the list.

Jurassic Park is among Ezekiel Boone's five top thrillers about when technology betrays us, Shawn Pryor's five top books with giant monsters, Nicole Hill's five weird science stories in which nothing could possibly go wrong, Kat Rosenfield's ten worst traitors in fiction, Chuck Wendig's five books that prove mankind shouldn’t play with technology, Jeff Somers's top seven books that explore what might happen when technology betrays us, Damian Dibben's top ten time travel books, and Becky Ferreira's eleven best books about dinosaurs.

--Marshal Zeringue