Modern Science Fiction books
HG Wells was born 1866 and is best known for his work in the science fiction field. He is often called the "Father of Science Fiction". He wrote such books as The Time Machine and War of the Worlds among many others. As this article will show he had amazing ability to look years ahead, and write about technologies that were not even theories during the time. And, the question often comes up how did The Man Who Invented Tomorrow predict these things?
He predicted genetic engineering in his book published in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moureau, in which a doctor on a remote island created hybrid beings composed of humans and animals. It wasn't until 1953 that two scientists showed that DNA could be used to pass genetic information, this became the start of genetic engineering as we know it.
In The War of the Worlds, revisited recently with the film starring Tom Cruise, he wrote about lasers in 1898. It wasn't until 1917 that Albert Einstein in his paper, The Quantum Theory of Radiation, laid the groundwork for the invention of the laser. In 1928 the laser theory was proved possible.
In 1901 he wrote the novel The First Men on the Moon, in which he predicted a lunar landing. It wasn't until 1969 that the Apollo first touched down on the moon's surface.
In The World Set Free, published in 1914, he predicted the use of some atomic bombs that exploded continuously using radioactivity. He also foreshadowed in that book about the difficulty of containing these weapons and discussed the need for a world governing body to try and contain them (The UN?). The first atomic bomb was not used until 1945 when the U.S. dropped it on Japan to end the War.
In 1933 the book, The Shape of Things to Come, foretold of the second world war, in this book he predicted that Europe would fight a notch themselves and then eventually start for pulling in various other countries until we have a world war. The World War didn't officially begin until September 1939.
In his 1923 book, Men Like Gods, imagined the future in which people communicated and basically talked through wireless telephones and voice mails. Some people contend that HG Wells thought of the answering machines and e-mails at this time. The answering machine was not created until 1935, and credit for the first e-mail sent was in the year 1971.
Also in The War of the Worlds briefly touched upon the possibility of biological warfare when the aliens are ultimately beaten at the end by accident when all else failed. The first use of this type of warfare was in 1915 by the German when they use gas during WWI.
When the Sleeper Wakes, first published in 1899, he wrote about 300 foot wide conveyor systems where people traveled and there was refreshment kiosks and seats. These were complete moving highways. If you visit local large international airports you'll see the conveyor systems similar to what he wrote about.
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If you are a science fiction fan2010-03-21 13:41:35 by -
Think about Jules Verne or Herbert George Wells (such as The Time Machine). Both are great reads not only from the sci-fi perspective, but from the historio-social and political perspective that can give you a lot of themes to discuss or write an essay about. (Wells was a socialist/communist ideologist while Verne was a free market advocate). Wells' books tend to be shorter than Verne's, but both are considered to be the founders of modern science fiction.
Hello2004-07-08 06:43:47 by open_book
I'm reading a non-fiction book called 'Understanding the Present: Science and the Soul of Modern Man', by Brian Appleyard.
I love books about the history of ideas. It helps me to construct a picture of man's intellectual achievements, which are enormous and baffling, and the connections between them.
Readings2003-08-25 15:45:29 by reader
One of the best things about San Francisco bookstores are the readings.
Check out the websites next week for Modern Times, ACWLP, City Lights, Booksmith (a good bookstore in the Haight which hasn't been mentioned), Cody's, and Black Oak to see who will be here when you're in town.
You can also check out the lit section of Sfstation.com, but they only post info the upcoming week.
At City Lights, you can pick up the Beat Walking tour book (there is also a NYC version).
Borderlands is a good Science Fiction store right down the block from Dog Eared and Modern Times
They are old enough to UNSCHOOL2009-08-06 18:37:13 by libertarianINflorida
Ever consider Unschooling which involves trusting your children to teach themselves mostly. I recommend guided Unschooling in that you set a learning contract with certain deamnds at age thirteen in this case they must meet by age seventeen.
I recommend reading so many non-fiction books and fiction books a month on various topics maybe six, four non-fiction and one each classic literature and modern litaerature. Vary the non-ficition topics into social studies, history, science, humanities and other requiring one of each a month.
Demand they do ten hour volunteer work a week where they can learn employment skills and earn a reference
The Mammoth Book of Golden Age: Ten Classic Stories from the Birth of Modern Science Fiction Writing (Mammoth Books)
Book (Robinson Publishing)