This thesis explores the claim that science fiction has influenced technological development in a way that it would not have naturally progressed otherwise. Research was done in three parts; the first section explores the direct impact that science fiction can have on inventors, the second examines the evolution of science fiction and how technological innovation interacts with this trend, and the third looks at the cultural and social influences on technology caused by science fiction. The research cumulates into a novella titled Don’t Forget Me While I Sleep. This novella explores the lives of Rose Adams, an immortal woman, and Ambrose, an android, through the fragmented memory of Ambrose. The story focuses on the subtle effects of science fiction in history. It also invents a harsh example that Rose and Ambrose have to overcome the immediate effects of. The theme of technological development due to fictional influences can be seen as a background to Rose’s long life but also through Rose herself as Star Trek’s Data is a prime reason for her creation of Ambrose. This novella also contains a certain level of world commentary, as does most science fiction. While the commentary is not the point of the novella, it does help to end the novella with a message of hope that the characters were able to make it through.
Semester/Year of Award
Mentor Department Affiliation
English and Theatre
Restricted Access Thesis
Computer Science and Information Technology
Department Name when Degree Awarded
Edwards, Hannah S., "Pulled from the Page: How Science Fiction has Influenced Technology" (2021). Honors Theses. 826.