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Extracted selections from Karen’s book, Soul Companions
Evolution and Science Fiction
The First and Second Scientific Revolutions, with discoveries and theoretical advances in astronomy, physics, mechanics, optics, chemistry, geology, steam power, electricity, magnetism, biology, and the study of the brain and nervous system, provided modern science fiction with a host of inspirational ideas and principles in the creation of its fantastical and futurist narratives. Jules Verne, for one, incorporated into his stories a wealth of information and concepts from many of the above scientific disciplines. He may have invented and speculated, and at times even challenged the scientific consensus of his time, but he established a benchmark for later science fiction writers who conscientiously constructed their scenarios and narratives using the ever-growing wealth of new scientific ideas and discoveries.