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Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science (Macmillan Science) Hardcover – 5 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Science; 2007 edition (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780230019805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230019805
  • ASIN: 0230019803
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.7 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,566,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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