Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Now, there's no denying science fiction has long been a popular genre — from print to television to film. But does it have the influence it once had?
Some argue the exponential rate of technological change makes sci-fi less effective in its ability to predict, inspire and shape the future of the real world.
Here at Future Tense we're starting the year with a look at the power of science fiction.