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Words That Are No Longer Science Fiction

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Great Writing, Science, Technology, science fiction, robotics, genetic engineering,

If terms like “robotics” and “genetic engineering” seem too good to have been made up by scientists, it’s because they weren’t. Isaac Asimov invented the word “robotics” and the adjective “robotic” in his science fiction story Liar! and Jack Williamson coined the term “genetic engineering” in his novel Dragon's Island. The Oxford University Press blog compiled these and seven other scientific terms that actually came from science fiction, including “zero-gravity” and computer “virus.”

(Thanks, 3 Quarks Daily.)

laurence_1
2/10/2010 4:05:22 PM

My favorite Isaac Asimov quote: “Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable.” I used it as the subtitle of my blog at SciFiBookshelf.com (although I never had a chance to interview Asimov, I did talk to some other greats, like Joe Haldeman; check it out if you're interested).


laurence_1
2/10/2010 4:04:50 PM

My favorite Isaac Asimov quote: “Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable.” I used it as the subtitle of my blog at SciFiBookshelf.com (although I never had a chance to interview Asimov, I did talk to some other greats, like Joe Haldeman; check it out if you're interested).