From Science Fiction to Nonfiction

Our Causeway Reference Librarian, Sonnet, held a panel at CONTraflow VII, a local science fiction and fantasy literary convention. In the panel, The Impact of Science Fiction on Society, they discussed how science fiction influences real life!

For instance, Star Trek inspired the creation of the cell phone and holograms, while Star Trek: The Next Generation encouraged the invention of tablets. Jules Verne wrote many stories that inspired all sorts of inventions such as the submarine, the helicopter, and newscasts.

Here are some books that they talked about at the panel...

Sci-Fi that Inspired Real Inventions

Ever wonder how the technology we have today got started? Many of the gadgets that we take for granted were dreamed up by science fiction writers. Here are some of the books that inspired scientists and inventors to create better technology.

Inspired submarines as we know them today.

Inspired NASA physicist Jack Cover to invent the Taser, which he named after Tom Swift--the “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.”

Inspired cell phones, GPS, and smartwatches.

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