Science in Their Fiction

A scene from Karl Capek's "Rossum's Universal Robots."
A scene from Karl Capek’s “Rossum’s Universal Robots.”

Whether you call it science fiction or speculative fiction, there’s clearly something otherworldly brewing on U.S. stages. But is this trend really new? And new or old, what does this new crop of plays and writers tell us about our world, and the stories we tell each other to make sense of it?