by Andre on 4 July 2007
There’s been some recent discussion sparked by Peggy’s and PZ’s posts on how biology gets treated poorly in science fiction, particularly compared to physics. Rob Knop and Chad Orzel respond that physics is treated poorly enough, thank-you very much, and Razib has some reasonable things to say.
Now, this week’s issue of Nature includes a timely interview with four science fiction writers with backgrounds in biology to get their opinion on the role science fiction can play in communicating good science, how even bad science fiction can play a positive role, and how they use aliens and artificial intelligence in their work.
So, the only question you should be asking is did the Nature editors use their time machine to get this story out on the heels of the discussion in the blogosphere or did they just use their mind control rays to make sure it was discussed once they had the feature ready?