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18 October 2016
It is almost a trope of the genre that SF writers must spend part of every interview defending the ‘predictions’ SF has got wrong by pointing out (again and again and again …) that SF writers are not in the business of prophecy. Warning about a possible future? Yes. Shining a light on the present? Absolutely. Predicting the future? No.
But one thing SF is most definitely responsible for is lighting the spark of scientific curiosity in many a young child, who then goes on to pursue a career as a scientist. Just like these people: 15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies.
SF might score low on predicting the future, but it scores very high on inspiring the people who make the future. And that is much cooler.