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Ours is a world of laws and, given available evidence, so are all other worlds. As they build out their wild what ifs , the authors of speculative fiction draft legislation: They draw up regulations and establish cabinet agencies and sub-agencies, often employing a diction eerily reminiscent of real-life government and politics the eeriness being very much the point. Such imaginary law-giving has long been a staple of the genre. A nation scorched by climate change and ravaged by combat, it still retains the penchant for establishing bureaucracies and issuing dictates. Such speculative legislation is not incidental. It is powerful because government is powerful, and its power permeates our lives in ways large and small, whether or not we are paying attention. The tonal range of the genre extends yet further, into worlds that feel not only intricate, but grounded imaginary universes that are every bit as fanciful, but feel less so.
Most major achievements, be they personal or collective, arrive after rehearsals. Some unfold as flights of the imagination. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing provides a great opportunity to examine how an entire branch of speculative fiction novels, short stories and also feature films lies behind the first human footprints on another world. Yet some foundational early rocket science, embedded deep within the developmental history of the Saturn 5 the towering, five-stage rocket that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon 50 years ago this week was paid for by the budget of the first science fiction film to envision just such a voyage in realistic terms. All devised their distinctive strains of rocket science in response to speculative novels, specifically the stories of Jules Verne and H. Wells founders of a nascent genre later to be known as science fiction.
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Science fiction and fantasy thrillers are often seen as frivolous, action-packed page turners, as critically dismissed as they are compulsively consumed., The designers of the iPhone and the Kindle cite works of science fiction as inspiration.
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