Originally Posted by Liviu_5
Was flying from Paris to NYC in several hours reasonable practicality 100 years ago??
We're not talking about relatively minor advances in metallurgy and engine horsepower, gaining us a 4-500% in improvement... we're talking about the difference between a match and a sun, here. How many of Man's technological advances have increased our knowledge and abilities a few trillionfold? See what I'm getting at?
Relevance exists completely independent of Hard or Soft SF... in fact, I'd argue that most of the most "relevant" SF has been soft, not hard, taking advantage of the reality-bending properties of Soft SF to make its point clearer through increased familiarity. Technology only defines a story's possibility... not its value.