The future of genre fiction
Over the recent holiday I had time to catch up on some reading that I've meant to do for a while, and I noticed a pattern that's probably obvious to people in touch with literary trends. In particular, it seems to me that a big motivator for lots of the science fiction of the '50s and '60s was the Cold War mindset that started in the '40s and that a big motivator for the horror fiction of the '70s and '80s were the social and political trends of the '60s.
The terrorism that we're dealing with today seems to be something that we might see in future genre fiction. Maybe identity theft is also. Data breaches are certainly big news these days and the losses due to identity theft seem to be growing at an alarming rate. Maybe we'll see identity theft featured prominently in genre fiction of the next decade or two.
The cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction, which I really don't know much about, seems to be where this might first appear, although there may be enough material there to create an entire new sub-genre.