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Reality Ahead of Schedule by Joel Levy

Reality Ahead of Schedule

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Reality Ahead of Schedule by Joel Levy
Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781588346704
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    Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781588346704

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Science fiction starts with science and extrapolates possibilities. But how, and how often, does science fiction influence the course of science and technology? Levy does an admirable job of teasing apart this relationship by exploring the history of science fiction and tracing the origins of many ideas which came to dominate science over the years: H.G. Wells envisioned the atom bomb and tanks, for example; credit cards were predicted in a work written in 1888; and Star Trek gave us ideas for 3D printing, telecommunications, and health apps. In some cases, science fiction explores scientific ideas before they enter the mainstream. In others, people who grew up on science fiction work to make those stories a reality. Much of what Levy illuminates is already well-known but there are some surprising connections here, too. Most notably, he argues that telepresence (as portrayed in the movie Avatar) belongs to the evolution of videophones. He presents information in an accessible and engrossing way, highlighting many
forgotten classic works of science fiction. This work should appeal to anyone who’s interested in the history of science, technology, and science fiction.
 — John Keogh
 YA/S: High school and even advanced middle school readers with an interest in science fiction and technology will appreciate this accessible book. JK.

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