• Question: Does Sci-Fi give you ideas for your work?

    Asked by 679spcc32 to Camilla, Dan, Katie, Mike, Rhys on 17 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by 445spcc32.
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      Katie Hassell answered on 17 Jun 2015:

      No really, but that is because I don’t really watch a lot of science ficition – apart from Dr Who, but then he doesn’t really do a lot with satellites…

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      Camilla Weiss answered on 17 Jun 2015:

      Some of the best ideas for technology are often seen first in sci-fi books. Whether or not they are the main reason behind the technology they certainly have an influence and get people thinking about what might be possible. Arthur C. Clarke, one of the best sci-fi writers for big ideas about new technology, was one of the first popularise an idea for a geostationary satellite – a satellite which stays over the same position on Earth as it orbits. Geostationary satellites are now used for everything from mobile phone transmissions, tv broadcasting to weather monitoring. Jules Verne, who wrote many great sci-fi books, once said “Anything that one man can imagine, another man can make real”. In fact the man who invented the helicopter, Igor Sikorsky, was inspired by a similar invention in one of Verne’s books. In my company we have a department called mission concepts and their job is to research future technology ideas – idea’s which might not be possible right now but based on technology which they might have read about being used in another way, or an idea they might have seen or heard from places as diverse as films and books!

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      Rhys Archer answered on 17 Jun 2015:

      In my work, not so much, though that would be really cool! Has anybody suggested a Millennium Falcon designed space craft to NASA yet?! But Camilla is right, when you read back through sci fi books from over the last 50 years or so, its amazing the designs and concepts that authors have written about years before they are invented!