Genre pulp writer Emerson LaSalle is not a fan of science. Or, at least, according to his blog Count Pulpula, he’s not happy with How Science Ruined Science Fiction.

The biggest problem with science is that it eventually undermines sci-fi staples. Take Mars for example. Thanks to that useless tax drain NASA, we now know Mars to be a lifeless rock which may or may not have had water on it at one time. Gee, thanks, science.

While it’s true that many science fiction novels have been shown to scientifically false in restrospect, I still find classic sf quite appealing. I find it interesting to see how yesteryear’s visionaries envisioned the world we see today.

But I gotta wonder about the Mars comment. Has the recent Mars exploration doomed the Mars story? Has science really ruined sf?

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