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Are Conservatives Better at Creating Futuristic Stories?

During a recent campaign appearance, Republican presidential candidate John McCain revealed his science fictional side: He gave an entire speech where he pretended the year was 2012 and he'd already been president for four years. Apparently, he'd been getting a lot of things done, like fixing the environment and… » 5/16/08 3:00pm 5/16/08 3:00pm

Thinly-Veiled Allegories About the Middle East in U.S. Science Fiction

If science fiction is really about the present, then it's no surprise that the longstanding tensions between the United States and Middle Eastern countries should make itself known in tales of "desert planets." From Tattoine to Klendathu, planets full of barren dunes are usually not-so-subtle allegorical stand-ins… » 4/04/08 4:00pm 4/04/08 4:00pm

US Stem Cell Policy Inspired by Anti-Authoritarian Scifi

You may have been wondering why President Bush vetoed bills that would have authorized government funding for stem cell research that could lead to cures for everything from Alzheimers to paralysis. Apparently it's partly due to reading parts of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, a classic 1930s scifi dystopia about a… » 12/27/07 1:00pm 12/27/07 1:00pm