Better Made Up: Science Fiction and Science

Two working papers published by NESTA – on the relationship between science fiction and innovation.

‘Better Made Up’ by Caroline Bassett, Ed Steinmueller, George Voss
Imagined Technology by Jon Turney

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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