Mobile communication devices? Nah, they'll never catch on.
None of this stuff has actually been invented yet. What is it about science fiction that so grips the popular imagination?
The next Nature Debate at Kings Place looks at the relationship between science and the cinema. Just how feasible are the futuristic ideas dreamt up by sci-fi writers? And does science fiction ever influence real science? The panel, while not household names, are all excellent speakers. Henry Gee is an editor at science journal Nature, author of The Science of Middle Earth, and one of the most erudite and entertaining fellows on this or any other Class M planet. Gia Milinovich is a writer and broadcaster of all things science, and has worked as a consultant on more sci-fi films than you could shake a phaser at. Finally, Mark Henderson is the much-respected science editor at The Times. The panel is chaired by Adam Rutherford, host of the recent mini-series The Cell.
Set engines to warp factor 9...or just get the Tube to Kings Cross and walk down York Way.