I am a child of The Future. Don’t mistake that for me thinking that I’m somehow more advanced, or that I am misplaced in my generation. More that the surroundings and influences that were part of my formative years were those of people or things heavily invested in the ideas of a technologically, sociologically, and scientifically advanced “Future.”
I was born in the East San Francisco Bay Area to heavily geeky parents in the beginning parts of the 1970’s. My mother worked in science and technology labs, and eventually in the computer industry. My father also was heavily into the computer industry.
I don’t really quite remember our first home computer. I can’t say we were necessarily the first adopters, but it feels like there has always been one around. My elementary school classes included lessons in Basic and Hello World is a touchstone for me in the classical sense.
Our converted garage held the local High School’s computer lab during the Summer. My brother and sister both have gone on to careers in the IT industry, having been in it early enough that it easily led to such for people with their talents and intellects.
We were also readers, gamers, fantasy and sci-fi lovers much as you’d expect.
Star Trek was watched faithfully in our home (it’s original airing having ended right about the time I was born, we were mostly watching syndicated broadcasts, though I do believe the original broadcasts were most likely watched by my family).
Next Generation was playing when I was in my very late teens and early 20’s.
This is me trying to work through some thoughts I’ve been having, you see. So, if you’re looking for a thread to follow, there isn’t one as of yet. Perhaps there never will be. It’s just some thought patterns.
What I know is that I was introduced to the idea of post-capitalism exceptionally early. Starfleet and it’s utopian future are even sort of part of my geographical cultural heritage, coming from the Bay Area as I do.
My thought processes are intricately tied to the idea of a space exploration, scientific and technological innovation and utopia.
Not really going anywhere with this as of yet, as I mentioned. Just sketching.