This morning, CBC's flagship weekend programme Day Six aired its latest episode (MP3), a conversation between host Brent Bambury, me, and Tim Maughan, the author of an outstanding debut novel called Infinite Detail. (Image: Jason Vermes/CBC)
It's often said that sci-fi's role is to project the future, but Doctorow is skeptical of that perspective.
"What we're doing is kidding ourselves that we're projecting a future; I think that at best, we're reflecting the present," he told Bambury.
"As an activist, I have to think that the future is not predictable. Otherwise, there'd be no reason to get out of bed. The future changes based on what we do."