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Science Fiction

For many earnest science professionals, interest in scientific fields was spawned by the fiction of Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, or other writers for whom science was central to engaging narratives. The speculative and intellectually accessible scientific achievements of individual characters and entire societies in science fiction novels, short stories, films, and radio dramas not only entertainingly continue to engross youngsters who dream of liberating technologies and unknown worlds, but also provide the literary impetus and societal context from which such technologies might emerge and where they might be useful. Technological innovations are said to have no moral standing, and fiction is one of the more effective and galvanizing methods for exploring humanity's ethical relationships with ...

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