Those of you who think science fiction has gotten too gloomy, and there's too much apocalyptic drama out there, should be very happy that the economy is going proctological. According to futurists Faith Popcorn and Marian Saltzman, our financial slide means people will be looking for more escapist entertainment. That means lots of fantasy with happy endings, and nothing that reminds them too much of reality. After all, entertainment saved our souls during the Great Depression. But really, you should expect neo-Depression culture to be more like the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s, says Popcorn. Bring on the day-glo dance parties! [Los Angeles Times]