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I don't think the scientific method and the science fictional method are really analogous. The thing about them is that neither is really practiced very much, at least not consciously. But the fact that they are methodical does relate them. Frederik Pohl#Science 67
Frederik Pohl#Science 67
A large fraction of the most interesting scientists have read a lot of SF at one time or another, either early enough that it may have played a part in their becoming scientists or at some later date just because they liked the ideas. Frederik Pohl#Another 52
Frederik Pohl#Another 52
The head of Fermilab was reading Astonishing Stories when he was ten. Frederik Pohl#Astonishing 50
Frederik Pohl#Astonishing 50
Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren't all that great). Frederik Pohl#Science 38
Frederik Pohl#Science 38
If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction. You can write like Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison as much as you want. Frederik Pohl#Science 35
Frederik Pohl#Science 35
A lot of the cosmologists and astrophysicists clearly had been reading science fiction. Frederik Pohl#Science 35
In terms of stories I would buy for a science fiction magazine, if they take place in the future, that might do it. Frederik Pohl#Science 33
Frederik Pohl#Science 33
You look at the world around you, and you take it apart into all its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens. Frederik Pohl#Apart 31
Frederik Pohl#Apart 31
My old English buddy, John Rackham, wrote and told me what made science fiction different from all other kinds of literature - science fiction is written according to the science fiction method. Frederik Pohl#Science 29
Frederik Pohl#Science 29
It's clear that science and science fiction have overlapping populations. Frederik Pohl#Science 28
Frederik Pohl#Science 28
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