Our Friends from Frolix 8
I was looking at the Wikipedia entry for the decade of the 2010s to see if anything interesting was going to happen in the next decade. This got my attention:
In the year 2012, conventional CPUs are expected to reach their maximum computing potential, according to Moore’s Law.
I always knew there had to be a limit. I just didn’t know it was going to happen so soon. I don’t think I’m ready for that.
Then further down in the article, in the section labeled “Widely known fictional references”, is this tidbit:
Philip K. Dick mentions the death of God in passing in his 1970 novel Our Friends from Frolix 8 :
“God is dead,” Nick said. “They found his carcass in 2019. Floating out in space near Alpha.”
Don’t you love good science fiction? (Alas, why does it have to be fiction?)
Anyway, I haven’t read this particular book, but it got me thinking. Do you guys know of any similar references in science fiction? Tell us in the comments section!
Update: I just remembered that in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, God disappears in a puff of logic (just as he did in real life for about 9% of Americans).
That makes two references from science fiction. Any others?