Imagining Technology: Science Fiction And Innovation

Scholarly paper investigating the relationship between science fiction and technological innovation. Do fictional accounts of technologies, and the societies in which they are used, make breakthroughs in the real world more or less likely? Can they help to forestall undesirable innovations? If there is indeed a positive relationship between science fiction and scientific behaviour, can we make more deliberate use of story-telling to drive and direct innovation? (PDF) (17,000 words)

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