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The rapid pace of technology and the advancement of scientific understanding in the past one hundred years are at the backbone for the distinctly twentieth century genre -- science fiction Such rapid advancement in these fields of technology have opened up literally worlds of possibilities for the future One hundred years ago the possibility of simply flying from city to city may have seemed nothing more than a distant futuristic dream to most While a mere sixty years later the impossible was achieved -- a human being on the moon Since technology has brought as much change as it has in the past one hundred years the next hundred should be entirely incomprehendable to us Who knows what to expect The modern discoveries and applications of Science throw deeply into the shade the old romances and fanciful legends of our boyhood James 8 observes James Technology has made what was once thought impossible plausible and weather or not technology is directly incorporated into a science fiction story as an obvious vehicle the author knows that it is always present in the mind of the reader It is this plausablilty of what conventionally should not be acceptable that has led to science fictions increasing popularity over the years As James explains much sf is concerned with the future and with the possibilities presented by scientific and technological change James 3 Truly humans exploring and even colonizing other worlds the plot of many a science fiction novel has to many become inevitable The successful series of Apollo moon landings in the 1960s and the knowledge that we already possess the technology to send humans to other worlds leads many to believe that it is only a matter of time Even such a notably respectable news source as Newsweek has detailed the future maned missions to Mars September 23 1996 When I look forward to the future I can hardly imagine the changes that will occur
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