Publication Type

Magazine Article

Publication Date

8-2018

Abstract

Using sci-fi’s metaphors, ideal types, and counterfactuals to consider our real-world problems, old and new. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, a science fiction novel much beloved of geeks, has special resonance among those who imagine themselves as visionaries using advanced knowledge to transform society for the better. When the SpaceX rocket launched in early 2018, its unusual payload even included a copy of the Foundation series as a symbolic gesture.

Keywords

science fiction, pedagogy, fiction, futurism

Discipline

Sociology

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Contexts

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

19

Last Page

21

ISSN

1536-5042

Identifier

10.1177/1536504218792521

Publisher

American Sociological Association

Copyright Owner and License

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Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/1536504218792521

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