Technology in science fiction

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Technology in science fiction is a crucial aspect of the genre.[1][2]

As science fiction emerged during the era of Industrial Revolution, the increased presence of machines in everyday life and their role in shaping of the society was a major influence on the genre.[1][2][3] It appeared as a major element of the Proto SF, represented by machines and gadgets in works of Jules Verne, George Griffith, H. G. Wells, Edward Bellamy and others.[1] Technology has been portrayed both in positive or negative ways; in some works it is a solution to the world problems, in others, a means of its destruction.[1][2] Such things as robots and space travel became commonplace in the fiction of the 19th century.

Concepts and illustrations of technology in science fiction have been a significant influence in the formation of popular culture images of future technology.[1]

Science fiction has often affected innovation and new technology – for example many rocketry pioneers were inspired by science fiction.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "SFE: Technology". Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  2. ^ a b c Blackford, Russell (2005). "Technology". In Westfahl, Gary (ed.). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders. Vol. 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 795. ISBN 978-0-313-32952-4.
  3. ^ Stableford, Brian M. (2006). Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 515–516. ISBN 978-0-415-97460-8.
  4. ^ Benson, Michael (2019-07-20). "Opinion | Science Fiction Sent Man to the Moon". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-02.