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If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd much rather be with a person who doesn't know everything and understands this, than a person who thinks they understand everything, and doesn't. That's all I'll say about that.

I haven't read any Robinson, either, although I am a big sci-fi fan - have been since I was a kid, and still am now. I'm currently binge watching 'Star Trek Enterprise', although I can't help but chuckle at the silliness of it all nowadays.

It's a marked characteristic of successful sci-fi writers that they're techno-utopians as well. For one thing, that's going to sell a lot better to the public, but it's also psychologically easier to write about hope than despair. Even Cormac McCarthy's book 'The Road' is essentially about hope, especially at the end.

But, I'll also say this - we here tend to put a lot of weight on the worst outcomes, while techno-utopians put a lot of weight on the best outcomes. The future might be one, the other, or more probably, some combination of both.

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