The Science of Science Fiction
The Influence of Film and Fiction on the Science and Culture of Our Times
- 232 Pages
- October 2, 2018
- ISBN: 9781510739369
- Trim Size: 6in x 9in
Let Mark Brake open your eyes to how science fiction helped us dream of things to come and building the future we inhabit—from Star Trek to The Martian, from Back to the Future to Guardians of the Galaxy from 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Avengers.
Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past—the future we now inhabit.
The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials?
- Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One?
- Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos?
- The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality?
- Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes?
- And many more!
“This book is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science. This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to uncover the nature and limits of our own reality, and helped us build the science-fiction-driven world we live in today.”
"It is rare to find someone of Mark's universal talents in science." —Roy Davies, BAFTA-nominated editor of BBC's Timewatch
"Entertaining and insightful. A joy for fans of both science and fiction." —Gareth L. Powell, award-winning author of Ack-Ack Macaque
"A brilliant insight into the influence of Science Fiction on our world, culture, and imaginations. Bringing together more than four centuries of SF, Mark Brake reveals some of the fictional seeds that have developed into real life discoveries." —Jon Chase, award-winning science communicator and co-author of The Science of Star Wars