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Different Engines

How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science

Mark L. Brake, Neil Hook


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Since its emergence in the seventeenth century, science fiction 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 traces the way in which we've imagined the future.

MacMillan, 9780230019805, 265pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2007

About the Author

Mark Brake holds a chair in science communication at the University of Glamorgan. He writes for TV and radio, and has appeared on the Discovery Channel. Reverend Neil Hook is Associate Lecturer in Science Fiction at the University of Glamorgan and an Anglican priest.