Science or Fiction in 50: Ansibles

Can you hear me now? Will we experience instant communication in our lifetime?  TLDR: No. Our major introduction to faster than light communication begins in the 50s and 60s. Often our authors provide a theoretical physics or even a philosophical…

Science or Fiction in 50: Robot Jeeves

Will robots be serving us OJ and French Toast in our lifetime? TLDR: Yes. Most often a writer’s fascination with robots centers around their programming rules or the concept of what it means to be human.  Before we get anywhere…

Science or Fiction in 50: Mind Reading

Will we experience mind reading within our lifetime?  TLDR: Yes. In the fifties, our intrepid science fiction writers focused more on the consequences of reading minds than exploring the science behind mind reading.  Consider the classic trope: a society attempting…