A Washington Times article talks about the inspirational effects that science fiction has had on scientists. Some quotes from the article.
“The best science fiction inspires the imagination of the best scientists, no matter how old they are.” – Tomi Landis, executive producer of The Science of Stars Wars
If science fiction is good, it’s a logical extension of the world and has the likelihood of happening, says Jim Halperin, author of science-fiction novels The Truth Machine and The First Immortal.
The best science-fiction authors seldom try to predict the future, says David Brin. It’s an indirect result of their creativity.
A good read.