Since its emergence in the seventeenth century, science fiction (SF) has been a sustained, coherent and subversive check on the promises and pitfalls of science. In their turn, invention and discovery have forced fiction writers to confront the nature and limits of reality. "Different Engines" is the first trade book to explore how this fascinating symbiosis shapes what we see, do and dream. From Johannes Kepler's Somnium to Arthur C Clarke's 2001, science fiction has emerged as a mode of thinking, complementary to the scientific method, argue Professor Mark Brake and Reverend Neil Hook. SF's field of interest is the gap between the new worlds uncovered by experimentation and exploration, and the fantastic worlds of the imagination. Its proponents find drama in the tension between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Its readers, many of them scientists and politicians, find inspiration in the contrast between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Brake and Hook's "Different Engines" is a unique, provocative and compelling account of science fiction as the arbiter of progress.
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'An excellent starting point for passionate arguments on fascinating subjects.' www.asimovs.com
'In Different Engines, Professor Mark Brake and Reverend Neil Hook take us on a tour of science fiction through the ages. They show how the genre extends far beyond mere entertainment and often provides a profound exploration of the interface between science and society and the impact that new technologies or discoveries, such as that of alien life, are likely to have.' - Lewis Dartnell, The Astrobiology Society of Britain
Reverend NEIL HOOK is Associate Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the University of Glamorgan and an Anglican priest in the Welsh Mountains. Neil's research focuses on the relationship between science and science fiction. His work was recently profiled in the BBC's Science Fiction Britannia series. When not working Neil spends most of his life living in his own science fictional world where he is young, handsome and almost always saves the day.
Professor MARK BRAKE holds a chair in science communication at the University of Glamorgan, UK, where he founded the world's first degree program on the historical interplay between space, science and culture. As an astrobiology and science fiction expert, he appears on and writes for TV and radio most weeks, including BBC, Sky Movies and the Discovery Channel; he is a consultant to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle and the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. A founder member of NASA's Astrobiology Institute Communication Group, Mark feels we'll only settle the life on Mars debate by visiting the surface with a shovel.
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