(This is going to be a bit ranty. Be prepared.)
There's been a bit of talk lately about Project Hieroglyph, an Arizona State University anthology (and website) which attempts to address the argument in Neal Stephenson's "Innovation Starvation." I recommend reading that essay yourself; it makes some compelling points about science fiction and the failure of contemporary culture to meet the demands of the 1960s imagination. Here, I'd like to talk about Ed Finn's (editor of Project Hieroglyph) article at Slate.com: "The Inspiration Drought: Why Our Science Fiction Needs New Dreams."
In fairness, I came to this article via a wildly misleading headline on io9. Finn's actual argument concerns the recycling of ideas within and outside of science fiction proper and its impact on science. Finn argues that