All that crud out of the way, I have often wondered what terrifying science fiction and horror films are preparing our society for. Are they a mechanism whereby we prepare for the future OR do they create it?
I think future science fiction will be just that, fiction. It will show us what might have been rather than what will be. Space travel for example, has come to a stand still due to lack of funding & political ambition & a certain technological stagnation. Time is running out for the human race with dwindling natural resources, climate change, over population, pollution & the ever increasing threat of 'deadly mutant bacteria' thanks to the overuse & abuse of antibiotics................hold on, that reads like a recipe for a science fiction movie, but Bruce Willis won't be here to save the world .....on the bright side, past civilizations & species never knew their time was up, even when their extinction was well underway, so, thanks to the human traits of denial & self-delusion, we can carry on as usual & pretend that everything is going to be OK. the world will remain unchanged & we can continue with our prime occupation of economic growth,which in layman's terms means, waste ever more resources to manufacture goods that people don't need & than persuade them that they must buy them.... after all isn't that the foundation & so salvation of our civilization ?......can't help thinking though that we're probably heading for a scenario more akin to 'The Road' than '2001 a space odyssey'
As for the origins of science fiction, at least not in the written word, the merit must go to the Australian aboriginals, whom, with their ancestral beliefs of such things as 'Dreamtime ' & 'the rainbow serpent' were already tens of thousands of years ahead of European novelists & film makers.