The Looking Glass Club is a fusion of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and clearly there are many elements within it that fall into the realm of fantasy, however, I intended its vision of the near future to be as technologically realistic as possible. Sometimes though, readers – and even literary agents – have objected that its projections for our technological future just a few decades hence seem too advanced.
My response to this the same as Ray Kurzweil's: people tend to think too linearly about technology. All the evidence shows that the pace of technological change is accelerating, and the rate of change is exponential, not linear. Certainly, not all of the technical wizardry I've imagined for 2035 will come true, but much of it not only will, it already exists in prototype form today.
I had the good fortune a few days ago in Barcelona to run across a wonderful design exhibition where I saw many such prototypes exhibited. Some are quite extraordinary and definitely worth a look (see right).
I admit there are a few advances in The Looking Glass Club where I've stretched things a little (upgrading a dog so it can speak, perhaps), but even here, it's not hard to find examples of technologies today that are precursors to the technologies that will one day make things like this possible.
If the rate of change continues to accelerate, the remarkable conclusion to this, is that even if "one day" isn't 2035, it probably won't be much longer than that.