The has conducted surveys of "Public Attitudes and Public Understanding" of "Science Fiction and Pseudoscience." They write that "Interest in science fiction may affect the way people think about or relate to science....one study found a strong relationship between preference for science fiction novels and support for the space program...The same study also found that students who read science fiction are much more likely than other students to believe that contacting extraterrestrial civilizations is both possible and desirable (Bainbridge 1982).
Mary Shelley wrote a number of science fiction novels including , and is treated as a major Romantic writer. A number of science fiction works have received critical acclaim including and (the inspiration for the movie ). A number of respected writers of mainstream literature have written science fiction, including 's , 's , ' and 's . wrote a series of SF novels, , and nearly all of 's works contain science fiction premises or themes.
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Following the 18th-century development of the as a literary form, in the early 19th century, 's books (1818) and helped define the form of the science fiction novel, and has argued that was the first work of science fiction. Later, wrote a story about a flight to the moon. More examples appeared throughout the 19th century.
Over the past seven months, CNET created a science fiction novel in a very unorthodox way. We started with an idea for a story, but then to collaborate with us in writing it. Finally, we took that crowdsourced work and edited it into the version we call "" that we've been publishing serially here on CNET over the past few weeks. (If you haven't been following the novel, .)