I’m usually not a big fan of ‘clean’ sci-fi.
Although I agree, this is a disturbing trend, IMO. It used to be that sci-fi was about looking forward to a brighter, better future where basic needs are met and men, women, and different races are more equal. The turn away from that to the more dystopian views that are popular now is an indicator of how we see the world *currently*...I think people had more hope for the future in the ‘50s than they do nowadays.
Kudos, nonetheless, to Stonemason for giving us the tools to present whatever version of the future we want!
I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily the conclusion to be drawn. For me, I live a very mundane life, so I like my fantasy and sci-fi dark: Lord of the Rings rather than Narnia, Mass Effect rather than Star Wars or Star Trek (though I do also like Narnia, Star Wars, and Star Trek, incidentally).