Can you suggest “Sci-fi” fiction that imagines future in a technological decline from now?
Almost all non-techno-utopian future fiction I come across involve a singular apocalyptic event. Maybe I’m just missing the name of the right genre.
However, there are barely any stories that depict the future several centuries from now as a new technological dark age caused by many smaller compounding events that leads to a life closer to 19th 18th or even middle ages.
Something that closer aligns to Joseph Tainter’s “Collapse of Complex Societies” and maybe something that entertains Peak Oil and/or Global warming without being explicitly apocalyptic? Just people living closer to how they lived in pre or early industrial revolution, but with the awareness how technologically advanced humanity once was.
It feels like a major untapped genre that could have different mixes of “-punk” and other history inspired fictional themes instead all being about high tech and space travel.
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There is a small neat gallery of these