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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Review of Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science, by Mark Brake and Neil Hooke

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I have posted up a review of a critical survey of science fiction, entitled Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science. The review was first posted at the BSLS website, but as this is now two years old I am reposting it here.

In short, Different Engines offers a racy, if fairly predictable, synopsis of the ways in which science has influenced science fiction writers. However, the book fails to offer any convincing evidence for or discussion of the more complex possibility that literature may also influence scientific discoveries.

The full review can be read here: Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science.

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