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April 04, 2012

Society needs to dream big again

Popular Mechanics - Science Fiction used to be about bold engineering, and so was America. PM Resident Contrarian Glenn Harlan Reynolds says that's the spirit we need to recapture.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the author of Instapundit

In the 1950s and 1960s, scientists could cite antibiotics, nuclear energy, and moon flights as evidence that science just plain worked. This gave them credibility on a range of issues.

Neal Stephenson - "There was some moment in the late '60s and '70s when people thought we had enough tech," he says. "Technology was too dangerous, and people became reflexively skeptical of new ideas. If you stay that way for a couple of decades, it can come back to bite you. There's also a less obvious danger, which is that if science and technology stop wowing us, people start to develop skepticism about the scientific method."

Here is a list of 12 bold optimistic science fiction books





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