by Brian Clegg
Science fiction is a vital part of popular culture, influencing the way we all look at the world. TV shows like Star Trek and movies from Forbidden Planet to Inception have influenced scientists to enter the profession and have shaped our futures.
Science fiction doesn't set out to predict what will happen, it's far more about how human beings react to "What if'..." but, it is fascinating to see how science fiction and reality sometimes converge, and also sometimes take extraordinarily different paths.
Ten Billion Tomorrows sorts through many familiar SF devices and looks at contemporary scientific research to determine their feasibility. Although some scientific concepts like quantum tunneling are complicated the book is very accessible to the general reader.
Mixing remarkable science with the imagination of our greatest science fiction writers, Ten Billion Tomorrows will delight science fiction lovers and popular science devotees alike.
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