Christ, this has been a difficult post to write. I’ve had to delete and start over a couple of times, so I apologize if this still isn’t quite the quality I would like it to be. I just finished the truly excellent Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. One of the great joys of reading science fiction is the ideas it puts in my head about society and where it is heading. The idea I’ve been pouring from hemisphere to hemisphere in my brain over the last few weeks is the idea that technology, rather than political/cultural/religious ideology is the primary driver of social change.