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We live in a science-fictional world. In recent months, as I write this, American technologists emailed a spanner to an orbiting space station, Russian biologists announced the formation of a DNA bank to store genetic information from all living creatures, and European scientists landed a spacecraft on a comet.1 A comet! Future months are sure to bring fresh miracles, and the rate of change of scientific and technological advance is such that someone reading this book in a few years’ time might well consider comet landings, DNA banks, and emailed hardware to be as dated as bevors, bodkins, and betamax tapes. Nevertheless, right here, right now, for someone of my generation, the continuing advances in computing and physics and biology are quite wondrous. We live in a science-fictional world. Except… to someone such as me, brought up on a diet of science fiction, one’s wonder at our species’ scientific and technological achievements is tinged with disappointment. Because our science-fictional world isn’t quite the world that science fiction promised me.

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I’d cross a bridge at night, and walk above the steel works.

So that’s probably where the opening of Blade Runner comes from.

It always seemed to be rather gloomy and raining, and I’d just think

‘God, this is beautiful.’ You can find beauty in everything, and so

I think I found the beauty in that darkness.

Ridley Scott

Director of Blade Runner

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Webb, S. (2017). Introduction. In: All the Wonder that Would Be. Science and Fiction. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51759-9_1

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