Bioscience

Does science fiction inform research, or is it always fiction?

August 23, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ASU News] – “And so, sleeping, and sometimes talking and reading a little, and at times eating although without any keenness of appetite, but for the most part in a sort of quiescence that was neither waking nor slumber, we fell through a space of time that had neither night nor day in it, silently, softly, and swiftly down towards the moon.”

Fans of H.G. Wells will recognize those words as being from Wells’ novel, “The First Men in the Moon,” written from 1899-1901, when traveling to the moon was just a dream in the mind of the earliest science-fiction writers.

Science fiction is entertaining, of course, but does it serve a larger purpose? Does it inform our thoughts of the future, inspire us to discovery and research?

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