When science meets science fiction: memories

Researchers have found that electrical stimuli can help improve memory. Will sci-fi writers seize on this particular advance to add to the pile of ‘intelligence-enhancing’ stories they write? When does science drive fiction and fiction drive science — as in the classic cases of Asimov or Sagan?

It gets easier to project fabulous innovations the farther into the future the story is set. But as science accelerates, what looks like sci-fi is sometimes here sooner than expected.

Is it better to write sci-fi with magnificent science we don’t expect to see realized? Or to use sci-fi to spur on human innovation? Or to realize futures that are logical outcomes of current scientific scenarios?

Fiction writers have to work at the believable intersection of real science and imagination. Will readers believe what is produced? It’s the key test for any work of fiction with a lot of science in it.

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