Pseudoscience and science fiction / Andrew May.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Aliens, flying saucers, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity ... are we talking about science fiction or pseudoscience? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavours that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter. The most obvious difference between the two is that pseudoscience is presented as fact, not fiction. Yet like SF, and unlike real science, pseudoscience is driven by a desire to please an audience - in this case, people who "want to believe". This has led to significant cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. SF authors often draw on "real" pseudoscientific theories to add verisimilitude to their stories, while on other occasions pseudoscience takes its cue from SF - the symbiotic relationship between ufology and Hollywood being a prime example of this. This engagingly written, well researched and richly illustrated text explores a wide range of intriguing similarities and differences between pseudoscience and the fictional science found in SF. Andrew May has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in astrophysics from Manchester University. After many years in academia and the private sector, he now works as a freelance writer and scientific consultant. He has written pocket biographies of Newton and Einstein, as well as contributing to a number of popular science books. He has a lifelong interest in science fiction, and has had several articles published in Fortean Times magazine.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction; Charles Fort and the Forteans; Pulp Fiction; Who Was Charles Fort?; Fortean Fiction; Sinister Barrier; A Continuing Source of Inspiration; References; Anomalous Phenomena; Science, Pseudoscience or Science Fiction?; Time-Slips; The Philadelphia Experiment; Tunguska; The Bermuda Triangle; References; High-Tech Paranoia; The Shaver Mystery; They Are Out to Get You; Shaverś Legacy; The Strange World of Philip K. Dick; Shapeshifting Aliens; References; Flying Saucers; From Niche Subject to Worldwide Phenomenon; Ufology and Science Fiction; Cultural Tracking.
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      Wishful ThinkingAlien Sex; Beyond the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis; References; Mind Power; Wild Talents; Applied Parapsychology; Quantum Consciousness; From Dianetics to Psionics; Feel the Force; Homo Superior; References; Space Drives and Anti-gravity; Breaking the Laws of Physics; Faster than Light; Anti-gravity; Free Energy; Tesla Technology; References; Technology of the Ancients; Ancient Astronauts; Alien Relics; The Ark of the Covenant; Extraterrestrial Archaeology; Cosmic Origins; References; Conspiracy Theories; Blue Pill or Red Pill?; Predictive Programming; Fake Space Missions.
    • Content Notes:
      Sinister ScienceThe End of the World; References; Index.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
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