What do you do when reality catches up to fiction? Specifically, when the gadgets of your science fiction universe are actually created in the real world? I'm working on a novel-length science fiction story and I threw in a couple of gadgets just to give the story a more futuristic feel. However, Apple, Google and Mozilla, are closing the gap very quickly. Is this a good thing? Will it help my potential readers be in a frame of mind to understand the tech more easily. Or is it a fatal flaw: "can't this writer come up with anything more original?" The technology in question wasn't that original, anyway. Its like that classic, "Well, we'll probably have flying cars in 100 hundred years, let's put that in the story." Only in this hypothetical situation flying cars are slated to hit the market next year. I've read a few editorials written by Robert A. Heinlein on the matter, and I love his take on it. His take is a soft soothing reminder, that the job of a science fiction author is not to predict the future, but to extrapolate or speculate possible futures. Here are the main discussion points I'd like to stick to: Would you change your tech or setting if reality got too close? Do you prefer a setting in your writing/reading as close to reality as possible or as far away as possible? How heavily do you rely on technology to paint your setting? Do you go as far as making up new words? Do you go further? Is it a curse or a blessing, to have technology match up to your story? Now let me predict the future. At least half of the responses to this thread will contain the words "It depends" MuahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!