Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Science: Past, Present, and Future
One of the things I love so much about science fiction is the way the past, present, and future can all continue to influence each other.
What do I mean?
1) The last ten years have seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of the Steampunk genre. Society is so enamored with the idea of steam-powered and gear driven technology that it influences our reading, writing, television entertainment, and even our music industry. I discovered one such band in San Diego a couple of years ago. Check out Steam Powered Giraffe below!
2) Scientific theories which have been accepted for 100 years, like Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, make a frequent appearance in our books and television entertainment. However, did you know that physicists were still trying to prove, or disprove, that theory? See how David Tennant explains this:
3) Both of the above examples can influence parallel universes like the ones found in our anthology, but what about when an author tries to stay ahead of popular and developing technology? Scientists are often pursuing breakthroughs based on sheer speculation. Authors in turn come across these theories and use those ideas to fuel their own works. Whether it’s shark skin technology (scientists hope to use it for recreation, medical, and aeronautic purposes), genomic imprinting, or Hymenoptera training (similar to Antman or Fran Wilde’s “Like a Wasp to the Tongue”) any theory in development can open the door for an authors imagination. When nine writers were invited to Microsoft’s research lab’s, the result was an anthology of scifi stories. Read more about that HERE.
4) Likewise, writer’s imaginations can open the door for scientific discovery. Just look at all of the gadgets used in episodes of Star Trek. Many of them fueled the drive for scientists to create the technology we use today. Check out these other sciences stimulated by fiction HERE, or the books that motivated Steve Jobs HERE.
All of these examples show how science, technology, and art can inspire and feed each other.