Better Made Up: Science Fiction and Science

Two working papers published by NESTA – on the relationship between science fiction and innovation.
http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/working_papers

‘Better Made Up’ by Caroline Bassett, Ed Steinmueller, George Voss
http://www.nesta.org.uk/wp13-07
and
Imagined Technology by Jon Turney
http://www.nesta.org.uk/wp13-06

Both papers demonstrate really interesting and well researched attempts to examine the relationship between imaginaries and innovation. These papers avoid reproducing the usual SF/innovation influence spectrum. (This ranges from the direct causation argument – that key players invest in relationship to high production values in film – to the bad press argument – that SF turns people off because of the genre/or dystopian context.)

Instead these papers give us a really refreshing attempt to unite cultural studies of technology with innovation studies – good reading for anyone interested social studies of science and technology and/or science fiction.

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