Jan. 2 – Stranger than Fiction

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History(BR), Bell Ringers

Jan. 2 is Science Fiction Day

When Orson Wells’ radio production of War of The Worlds was broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938, many people took it for the reporting of a real invasion from outer space! The spillover between real life and science fiction has continued, ever since. Watch this video on the technology adapted from the sixties show Star Trek:



Questions:
  1. While one might not expect all fiction to become reality, fiction – science and otherwise, has had an influence on history. What other TV shows do you think have had an influence on how things occur in real life (several courtroom dramas come immediately to mind)?
  2. What responsibilities do you think artists have when creating their art, to avoid it becoming tragic history?

Citation

BuzzFeedPop. Real Life Technology Predicted by Star Trek. Published on Feb. 3, 2014.