Real Life Scientists’ Favourite Science Fiction

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.

About Darren Nash

I'm Digital Publisher at Gollancz, responsible for the SF Gateway and SF Masterworks. Digitally, I can be found here, on Twitter at @SFGateway (officially) and @thenashmeister (unofficially). In meat space, I operate from a secret base inside a dormant volcano, on a remote pacific island that - mysteriously - doesn't appear on any official maps. Possibly. View all posts by Darren Nash → This entry was posted in Commentary, The Science Fictional World and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.